Monday, August 9, 2004

Home builders back Clooney

Most other endorsements go to GOP

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FORT MITCHELL - Congressional candidate Nick Clooney has become one of just two Democrats endorsed by the political arm of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.

The other Democrat endorsed by the Political Housing Club of Northern Kentucky was state Rep. Royce Adams of Dry Ridge.

Adams, who represents the 61st House District, is challenged by Crittenden Republican Pamela Ervin Mann. Both candidates are from Grant County.

Clooney, a writer and television host from Augusta, is running against Republican Geoff Davis of Boone County in the 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, is stepping down after three terms.

"Citizens of the 4th district are blessed with two quality candidates in this race," said the housing club's chairman, Mike Kegley. "We believe both of these men will be effective voices in Washington. However, Nick Clooney has a proven track record of service to the region and the committee believes that makes him the stronger candidate."

The home builders endorsed Republicans in three other statehouse races:

• In Kenton County's 23rd District, they endorsed Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Crescent Springs, over Fort Mitchell Democrat Kathy Groob.

• In Campbell County's 67th House District, Republican Mark Hayden was endorsed over Democrat Dennis Keene. Both candidates are from Wilder. Incumbent Jim Callahan, D-Wilder, is not seeking re-election.

• In the 17th Senate District, which includes southern Kenton County, Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was endorsed over Democrat Cliff Wallace, Williamstown.

The endorsed candidates will receive campaign contributions from the home builders' club, but the amounts were not announced.



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