Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Election in new district is today

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

CRESTVIEW HILLS - More than 26,000 voters in 25 southern Kenton County precincts are eligible to cast ballots in today's special state Senate election in the newly drawn 17th District.

But with voters unaccustomed to elections in late January and with temperatures in midwinter chill, Kenton County Clerk Bill Aylor is expecting 10 percent or less of eligible voters to go to the polls for the race between Democrat Charles Wells and Republican Damon Thayer.

Both candidates worked Monday to get supporters out in a sprawling legislative district that includes southern Kenton County and all of Grant, Owen and Scott counties.

"This election is going to be decided by very few people," Mr. Thayer told the Kenton County Republican Women's Club during the group's Monday luncheon at the Five Seasons Country Club in Crestview Hills. "You've got to get people out to vote if it's 50 degrees and sunny or 10 below and snowing."

Today's weather forecast calls for a high of 38 degrees, but temperatures could fall.

Mr. Thayer said several members of the women's club were planning on spending Monday afternoon making get-out-the-vote phone calls on his behalf.

Supporters of Mr. Wells were making calls to urge Democrats to the polls. Mr. Wells is a lobbyist and organizer with the American Federation of Teachers.

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Because the campaign is being waged in southern Kenton County, the clerk's office will operate the Election Day vote count headquarters out of the county courthouse in Independence rather than the main county courthouse in Covington. Voters with questions can call the clerk's office today at (859) 356-9272.

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Who can vote

  Voters in these 25 southern Kenton County precincts are eligible to cast ballots in Tuesday's election for the 17th District State Senate seat. Voters seeking information, including the location of their voting precinct, can call the Kenton Clerk's office at (859) 491-4780 on Monday or (859) 356-9272 on Election Day Tuesday.

Following is the precinct name, its location and address.

• Bracht, Ky. Pub, 15260 Dixie Highway, Bracht Station
• Decoursey, Decoursey Baptist Church, 8276 Decoursey Pike, Fairview
• Independence No. 1, Kenton County Courthouse, 5278 Madison Pike
• Independence No. 2, St. Cecilia Church Undercroft, 5313 Madison Pike
• Independence No. 3, Beechgrove School, 1029 Bristow Road
• Independence No. 4, Kenton County Garage, 420 Independence Station Road
• Independence No. 5, Independence Fire Station No. 3, 4052 Richardson Rd.
• Independence No. 6, Independence Fire Station No. 2, 740 Cox Road
• Independence No. 7, Kenton County Public Library, 6477 Taylor Mill Road
• Independence No. 8, Florence Church of the Nazarene, 211 Richardson Road
• Independence No. 9, Summit View Elementary School, 5002 Madison Pike
• Independence No. 10, Independence Fire Station No. 1980 Delaware Crossing
• Morningview, Methodist Church basement, Rith Road & Ky. 177
• Nicholson No. 1, Nicholson Christian Church, 1970 Walton Nicholson Pike
• Nicholson No. 2, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11989 Taylor Mill Road
• Oakridge, Oakridge Baptist Church, 6056 Taylor Mill Road
• Piner, Pinker Fiskburg Fire Department, 1851 Bracht Road
• Richardson No. 1, St. Barbara Church, 4042 Turkeyfoot Road, Independence
• Richardson No. 2, Erlanger Fire House, 4100 Narrows Road, Independence
• Richardson No. 3, New Beginnings Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3830 Narrows Road
• Taylor Mill No. 1, Taylor Mill City Building, 5225 Taylor Mill Road
• Taylor Mill No. 2, Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road.
• Taylor Mill No. 3, Hilltop Church of Christ, 5300 Taylor Mill Road.
• Visalia, Visalia Public School, 4041 Visalia Road.
• Whites Tower, Kenton County Extension Service, 10990 Marshall Road.
Source: Kenton County Clerk's office

E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com.

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