Saturday, May 25, 2002

Four vie for GOP nomination

Boone Co. commissioner seat primary Tuesday

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

        BURLINGTON — A field of fourwill compete in Tuesday's primary for the GOP nomination for the third district Boone County commissioner seat.

        Terri Moore, 42, Karen Byrd, 44, Sal Santoro, 50, and Larry Brown, 49, all of Florence, will vie for the open seat.

        The winner of the primary will face Democratincumbent Tim Hamilton.

        Mr. Santoro graduated from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor's and master's degrees.

        He worked as a state trooper in Boone County for 10 years. He has owned Santoro Electric Co. since 1986.

        “I'm running for Boone County commissioner because I'm very fortunate to live in such a great community,” Mr. Santoro said.

        “I want to make sure my children and their children have a chance to live in such a great community.”

        If elected, he plans to manage growth, improve roads, expand water and sewer service, keep taxes low, improve parks, expand green space and provide safe neighborhoods.

        Mr. Santoro and his wife Sharon have three children.

        He is a member of St. Paul Parish and part of the setup committee for the summer festivals. He is a member of St. Henry District High School Board of Education, St. Henry District High School's athletic boosters, St. Paul Finance Committee, Northern Kentucky Electrical Association, Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association and chair of Florence Fire Department Tax District.

        Mr. Brown graduated from Northern Kentucky State College in 1975 and American College in 1983.

        He has worked 26 years in the life and health insurance industry in management, sales, insurance consulting and as owner of a brokerage operation.

        “As a lifelong resident and conservative leader of this community, I am running to improve the county I call home,” said Mr. Brown, a former Florence councilman.

        “It is a privilege, an honor and a matter of pride to serve the county where I grew up, raised my family, own a business and hold numerous church and community leadership roles. I am the only candidate with experience in the issues of zoning, budgeting and management leadership plus the knowledge to effectively lead our county on a 21st-century level.”

        Mr. Brown and his wife Mary have two children.

        He's a member of St. Paul Church, serving as Eucharist Minister, has served on two capital expansion committees, boosters and, for the last 12 years, on the annual summer festival. He has also coached basketball, soccer and softball.

        Mrs. Moore, who is no relation to the county judge-executive Gary Moore, graduated from Indiana's Ball State University in 1981 with a degree in elementary education.

        She taught for two years at a Cincinnati school and then worked for an accounting firm. She now co-owns EDM Business Interiors with her husband Edward.

        “It's important to me to have honesty and integrity in our government,” she said.

        “It's important that residents have their concerns heard at the fiscal court and I'm not sure that is being done.”

        If elected, Mrs. Moore would like to keep taxes low, enhance and increase recreation facilities and expand water and sewer service.

        She is a member of the Boone County Animal Shelter Advisory Board and the parent teacher associations at both Gray Middle School and Ryle High School.

        She is also a member of St. Timothy Church in Union. She has worked on several campaigns, including Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore's.

        She has two daughters.

        Mrs. Byrd graduated from Tennessee State University in 1979 with a degree in dental hygiene and health education. After working in dental hygiene for several years, she took a position at Florence Baptist Church as a financial secretary and administrative assistant.

        She is a member of the Boone County School Board.

        “I feel I'm the best-qualified,” Mrs. Byrd said about the commissioner seat. “I have served eight years in a countywide position. In the eight years that I have been on school board, I have been given the opportunity to deal successfully with the type of issues that face Boone County.”

        She said those issues include growth, services and family.

        “I'm firmly committed to the children and families of Boone County,” Mrs. Byrd said. “I will continue to be for families and the issues that affect them.”

        Mrs. Byrd and her husband Dan have two children.


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