Friday, March 23, 2001

Boone Co. GOP chief Moore running himself for fiscal court

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION — The man who has been helping Boone County Republicans run their campaigns is going to run his own race for office.

        Boone County Republican Party Chairman Ed Moore, 52, will run next year for the Boone County Fiscal Court seat held by Republican Robert Hay.

        “My name is back in the arena,” Mr. Moore said Thursday.

        Mr. Moore, who operates an office-furniture business in Florence, ran unsuccessfully in the May 1998 primary against Mr. Hay.

        Mr. Hay, who went on to win the seat in that year's general election, is not seeking re-election next year.

        Mr. Moore said he received a phone call from Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore, also a Republican, the day Mr. Hay revealed his intention not to run for a second term.

        “Judge Moore called me and said I might be interested in
doing this,” said Mr. Moore, who is not related to the judge-executive.

        “I believe I have a lot to offer, particularly with what we've done with the (Republican) party here in Boone County,” he said.

        Boone County has become a GOP force in Kentucky politics. It is the largest county in Kentucky in which Republicans outnumber Democrats in voter registrations. And GOP candidates dominate county, state and federal elections in the county.

        Mr. Moore said he often is asked to speak to Republicans in other Kentucky counties about the county party's success at registering voters and running winning campaigns.

        Mr. Moore said he will run on a platform of managing Boone County's explosive growth. U.S. Census Bureau figures released this week indicate Boone County - the eighth-largest county in Kentucky - grew by 49.3 percent over the last decade and has a population of 85,991.

        An opponent of abortion, typically a major plank in the platforms of Boone County GOP candidates, Mr. Moore said he will also concentrate on “pro-life issues.”

        Mr. Moore, who lives in the South Hampton Estates subdivision south of Florence, will hold his first campaign fund-raiser April 27 at the Triple Crown Country Club in Richwood.

        The Democratic Party has not yet named an opponent.


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