Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Covington lawyer gets itch to run

Molloy has eye on county attorney job

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Democratic lawyer who had supported Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson may now run for his seat next year.

        Mary Kate Molloy, 45, was one of about 100 Northern Kentucky attorneys who co-hosted a re-election fund-raiser for Mr. Edmondson in late June.

        But Ms. Molloy, a partner at the Covington law firm of Arnzen & Parry, said this week she is considering running for county attorney in the 2002 election.

        “From a personal standpoint I'm looking at something that could broaden my horizons professionally, and I think there is an opportunity for the Democrats to take the seat back,” said Ms. Molloy, a native of Latonia who lives in Crescent Springs.

        Mr. Edmondson is seeking his third term but he won the first two as a Democrat. He became a Republican earlier this year.

        Mr. Edmondson is also facing a challenge in the May GOP primary from Eric Deters, an Independence lawyer and the former head of the Kenton County Republican Party.

        Ms. Molloy has never held or run for office but she has worked on judicial campaigns for Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Dan Guidugli of Alexandria and two Kenton Circuit judges, Steve Jaeger and Greg Bartlett.

        She is among several Democrats who have considered running, including Steve Wolnitzek, Michelle Keller and John Fortner.

        The filing deadline for the race is not until late January.

        “We can absolutely take that seat next year,” said Kenton County Democratic spokesman Nathan Smith. “The (Republican) primary is going to be very bloody, and let's face it, when (Mr. Edmondson and Mr. Deters) get through with each other, people are going to be looking for some leadership from a Democrat.”

        Hayes Robertson, Mr. Deters' campaign manager, said if Ms. Molloy gets in the race she will take support away from Mr. Edmondson because she and members of his firm co-hosted the June fund-raiser.

        “At this point she would be Garry's problem because her firm has supported him, and if she gets in the race I have to think that money and that support wouldn't be there for him,” Mr. Robertson said.

        Brandon Voelker, a member of Mr. Edmondson's campaign, said that despite comments from the Democrats, it appears the party is having difficulty fielding a candidate.

        “You have to give them credit for trying,” he said.


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