By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
INDEPENDENCE - Tel Henson got a first-hand look at politics during the 2000 election when her mother, Democrat Jaimie Henson, ran for a seat in the Kentucky Senate.
Tel, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Conner Middle School in Hebron, said the campaign was "very exciting" and a "tremendous amount of work."
"And I learned that a lot of time the people voting don't really know the candidates all that well," she said. "And candidates really need to let people know what they plan on doing if they get elected."
This year, to help voters learn more about candidates - and to give candidates an opportunity to talk with voters - Tel and her Girl Scout Troop 102 organized an election forum featuring candidates running for Kenton County offices.
The forum is 7 p.m today in the community room at Summit View Middle School, 5002 Madison Pike in Independence.
All candidates were invited to attend. Those who responded by the Oct. 16th deadline are:
Judge executive candidates, Republican Dick Murgatroyd, the incumbent, and Democrat Patrick Hughes.
Incumbent County Commissioners Barb Black and Dan Humpert, both Republicans, and Democrats Mike Baker and Sue Sampson.
County attorney candidates Garry Edmondson, the Republican incumbent, and Democrat Kate Molloy.
Members of the troop have spent the last month organizing the forum, which will help earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, one of the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.
"We did this as a way to win the award," said Diane Adams, 13, also a member of Troop 102 and an eighth-grader at St. Anthony's School in Taylor Mill.
"But I really never knew anything about politics, and now I'm learning a lot more," Diane said.
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