Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Light turnout expected for Ky. primary




By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — The presidential nominees are all but decided. The Republicans aren't overly excited about their congressional candidates. And few local races even appear on the ballot today.

THE POLLS
  Polls in Kentucky are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for today's primary election. For information on voting, including precinct locations, contact your county clerk's office.
  • Boone County: 334-2112
  • Campbell County: 292-3885
  • Kenton County: 491-4780
        Nevertheless, Kentucky is holding its primary election today. And voters in Northern Kentucky are expected to be like voters elsewhere in the state — most will probably stay home.

        County clerks in Boone, Kenton and Campbelll county estimate that as much as 90 percent - maybe even more — of the region's eligible voters will stay away from the polls. Even a hotly contested mayoral primary in Covington, Northern Kentucky's largest city, isn't likely to change that.

        Here is a look at the races on Northern Kentucky ballots today.

        • President. Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush are their party's presumptive nominees, based on wins in earlier primaries. The only intrigue will be their margins of victory and if any of the other candidates on the ballot pick up many votes. The others are Democrats Bill Bradley and Lyndon LaRouche and Republicans Gary Bauer of Newport, John McCain, Alan Keyes and Steve Forbes.

        • Fourth District Congress. Three Republicans are running to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, in November. The candidates are Scott Tooley of Shelbyville, Don Bell of Oldham County and Roger Thoney of Highland Heights.

        • Covington mayor. The top two finishers in the field of four will face one another in the fall. The candidates are Interim Mayor Jim Eggemeier, Commmissioner Butch Callery, former mayor Bernie Moorman and retired Covington police sergeant Ray “Radar” Murphy.

        • 11th District State Senate. Two Democrats — John Stephenson of Fort Mitchell and Ed Kagin of Union — are running in this

        heavily Republican district encompassing Boone and Kenton counties. The winner will challenge incumbent Sen. Dick Roeding, R-Lakeside Park, in the fall.

        • Boone/Gallatin County Commonwealth Attorney. The commonwealth attorney is the state's top felony prosecutor in a county.With no Democrats in the race, the winner of this GOP primary will replace the retiring Willie Mathis in January. The candidates are Linda Tally Smith, an assistant commonwealth attorney, and Howe Baker, a prosecutor in the Campbell County attorney' office.

        • Boone County Property Value Administrator. The property value administrator oversees assessments and valuations. Both polical parties have primaries. The Democratic candidates are incumbent Paula Goff and Arlene Jones Singletary. Republican candidates are Shawn Staggs and Ron Burch. The win ners run in November.

        Campbell County Circuit Clerk. Incumbent Tom Calme is challenged by Ken Johnson of Alexandria in the Democratic primary. There is no Republican primary.

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