Wednesday, April 14, 2004

GOP primary candidates invited to debate


Kentucky politics

Pat Crowley

Candidates running in the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary have been invited to participate in an April 26 debate that will be broadcast statewide.

The hourlong debate, hosted by KET public television in Lexington, will begin at 8 p.m. Candidates in the GOP primary are Geoff Davis, John King and Kevin Murphy.

Only one Democrat - Nick Clooney of Augusta - is in the race. U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, is retiring this year after three terms in Congress.

DEMOCRAT ELECTIONS: Democrats in Boone and Campbell counties are scheduled to gather Saturday to begin the process of electing new leaders and choosing delegates for the state and national political conventions later this year.

Each county will hold precinct elections at 10 a.m. at regular polling places. All registered Democrats are eligible to attend and vote for three Precinct Committee members - a man, a woman and a youth member age 35 or younger.

The Precinct Committee members will meet April 25 to elect county executive committee members and select delegates to attend Congressional District and state conventions.

For information, contact Boone County Democratic Party Chairman Howard Tankersley, (859) 647-1983, or Kenton County Democratic Chairman Nathan Smith, (859) 342-5111.

WESTWOOD FUND-RAISER: Gov. Ernie Fletcher is scheduled to appear Wednesdaynight at a campaign fund-raiser for Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Crescent Springs.

The event will be held at the Edgewood home of Pete and Kate Wenzel. Westwood is seeking a third term in November. He is challenged by Fort Mitchell Democrat Kathy Groob.

Suggested contributions range from $100 to $1,000.

Westwood represents Kenton County's 23rd Senate District.

MASSEY RECEPTION: Kentucky statehouse candidate Ed Massey is holding a campaign reception Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 8385 U.S. 42 in Florence.

Massey is running in Boone County's 66th House District GOP primary against Addia Wuchner. Incumbent Rep. Charlie Walton, R-Florence, is giving up the seat to run for state Senate. There is no Democrat in the race.

WOMEN'S CLUB LUNCH: GOP candidates in contested races have been invited to attend the April 26 lunch meeting of the Kenton County Republican Women's Club.

Those invited are Davis, Murphy and King, the 4th Congressional District candidates, and state legislators Senate President Pro Tem Dick Roeding of Lakeside Park and Rep. Charlie Walton of Florence.

Walton is challenging Roeding in the 11th Senate District GOP primary.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Five Seasons Sports Country Club, 345 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills. For information or to make reservations by April 22 call (859) 342-7620.

MEETING: The Kenton County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. April 19 at party headquarters, 1939 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright. For information contact party chairman Greg Shumate at 859-665-6884.

ANNUAL DINNERS: The Democratic Woman's Clubs of Kenton and Campbell counties have scheduled their annual Jefferson and Jackson day dinners.

The Kenton County Jackson Day Dinner will be 6:30 p.m. April 24 at The Gardens of Park Hills, formerly Town & Country and the Wood Bros. Restaurant. Featured speakers are Nick Clooney and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Daniel Mongiardo. Tickets are $40. Reservations are due by April 16. For information, call (859) 331-6188.

The Campbell County Jefferson Day Dinner will be 6 p.m. April 21 at the Marquise Banquet Hall in Wilder. Featured speakers are Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen and State Treasurer Jonathan Miller. Clooney and Mongiardo are also expected to attend.

Cost is $30. For tickets or information, call (859) 442-9269 or (859) 572-9872.

RATTERMAN RALLY: Bellevue City Councilman Tom W. Ratterman will hold a campaign rally and fund-raiser from 7-9 p.m. April 30 at 640 Colfax Ave. in Bellevue. The event is hosted Bellevue businessman Tom Rechtin. For information, contact Ratterman at (859) 261-6929 or bellevuetom2003@fuse.net.

MEETING: The Boone County Democratic Women's Club will meet at 6 p.m. April 26 at the County Seat Restaurant in Burlington. Information: (859) 586-4744.

To submit an item, contact Patrick Crowley by email, pcrowley@enquirer.com; fax, 859-578-5565; or mail in care of the Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017.




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