Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Kenton Dems set short list for chair

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — The Kenton County Democratic Party has narrowed its search for a new chairman to three people.

        The three candidates are:

        • Brad Burtner, an air traffic controller at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport who has been active in labor issues and has served as legislative representative of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

        • Natalie J. Green, communications administrator for the International Paper Co.

        • Patrick Hughes, a lawyer with Deters, Benzinger LaVelle, a Crestview Hills firm known for the political activism of some of its partners, including leading Democrats Dave Kramer and Mark Guilfoyle.

        The three will be interviewed by the search committee Tuesday, with the party's executive committee hoping to make a decision by the end of January.

        The new chairman will serve through this year but would have to seek re-election in 2002.

        “We look forward to hearing their vision for Democrats' victories in 2002,” said Nathan Smith, a Fort Mitchell Democrat chairing the party's search committee.

        The three were chosen from a list of 10 potential chairs.

        Former Chairwoman Shirley Huelsmann of Fort Mitchell resigned last month to care for her ailing mother.


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