Friday, September 07, 2001

Dems, GOP get ready to party

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Campbell County's Republican and Democratic parties are staging their top political events of the year this weekend.

        The Campbell County Republican Party will hold its annual dinner Saturday night in Wilder, while the Democrats plan to host a picnic Sunday afternoon in Southgate.

        Both events are designed to stoke interest in next year's countywide elections, organizers said. But while the Republicans will use their event to raise money, the Democrats are having more of a social outing designed to attract younger people to the party.

        For years, Campbell Democrats held their annual Jamboree at the Thomasville Party Lodge along the Ohio River in Dayton, an event geared mainly toward adults.

        “We wanted to have something that young families with children could attend,” said Michelle Snodgrass, a member of the Campbell County Democratic Executive Committee.

        “We want to show that young people are welcome and active in the party, and we felt a picnic was the best way to accomplish that,” she said.

        The Democrats Family Picnic is set for 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Southgate Civic Center, 301 W. Walnut St. The cost of $5 a person includes food, drinks and games.

        Republicans will gather Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner at the Marquise Banquet and Conference Center, which is in the Town and Country Sports Complex near Interstate 275 in Wilder.

        For $40, guests will be have dinner, drinks and live music, said county GOP Chairwoman Barb Haas.

        Scheduled to appear are U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Southgate and Kentucky Republican Party Chairwoman Ellen Williams.


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