Thursday, May 25, 2000

Westwood has raised $70,000

Democratic opponent has brave words

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Democratic state Senate candidate Jaimie Henson tried to get a jump on the post-primary campaign season by holding a small Devou Park political rally Monday night.

        But her Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. Jack Westwood of Erlanger, is stealing Mrs. Henson's thunder with the announcement Wednesday of a large and growing war chest.

        In the latest campaign finance filing period, which ends this week, Mr. Westwood raised nearly $70,000, according to his campaign manager Marc Wilson.

        As of two weeks ago, the campaign had collected $43,000. And the new total was considerably more than Mrs. Henson has. She has raised only about $5,000 for her first run at state office.

        “The checks just keep coming in,” Mr. Wilson said Wednesday. “We're real happy with our fund raising. It's indicative of the kind of support we're getting from the business community and others.”

        During Mrs. Henson's Mondaynight rally and fund-raiser — where mostly party officials and organized labor leaders paid $25 to eat hot dogs and drink beer — supporters publicly expressed little concern at Mr. Westwood's money advantage.

        “We'll have the money we need to run and win this race,” said Shirley Huelsmann, chairwoman of the Kenton County Democratic Party.

        Mr. Westwood is an incumbent Republican senator, pointed out Sally Davis, a member of Gov. Paul Patton's office who handles constituent services in Northern Kentucky.

        “He should be able to raise money,” Mrs. Davis said. “He's an incumbent and a Republican in Northern Kentucky. But we're go ing to be able to raise money as well.”

        With the GOP holding a slim 20-18 majority, both parties are looking to make strides in the Senate. Mr. Westwood's 11th District — which covers most of Kenton County — will be one of the most hotly contested races in Kentucky this campaign season, officials from both state parties have promised.

        The Henson campaign will hold a major fund-raiser June 28 at the Covington riverfront condo of Jerry Stricker, a Covington city commissioner and a longtime Democratic Party activist and fund-raiser.


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