Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Nurse wins 1st race for office

66th District

By Patrick Crowley and Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Addia Wuchner1,919
Ed Massey1,146
BURLINGTON - Social conservative Addia Wuchner became the first Republican woman from Boone County to win a statehouse seat by beating lawyer Ed Massey in Tuesday's 66th District primary.

No Democrats ran for the seat.

Wuchner, a nurse and health-care administrator making her first run for office, thanked voters and top elected GOP officials, which included Judge-executive Gary Moore.

"I feel the greatest gratitude," Wuchner said at the Boone County Administration Building, where she waited for results at a private reception in Moore's third-floor office.

Long active in social and civic causes, Wuchner made a name for herself politically as Moore's appointee to the Northern Kentucky Board of Health. There, she led the unsuccessful effort to eliminate federal funding that paid for contraceptives in the region's health clinics.

She has also been active in crafting and promoting abstinence-based sex education programs in area schools.

Massey built much of his campaign around experience and his eight years as a member of the Boone County Board of Education.


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