Tuesday, May 13, 2003

KY. Politics


Dem candidates hold rally here

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The Democratic gubernatorial ticket of Ben Chandler and Charlie Owen will host a rally for Northern Kentucky supporters Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell.

Chandler and Owen are making a statewide campaign swing this week called "New Opportunities for Kentucky" tour. It is designed to get voters to the polls on May 20.

According to a statement from the campaign, Chandler and Owen will "talk about their values and vision to bring new opportunities to Kentucky families."

Other Democrats in the primary are the tickets of Jody Richards and Tony Miller and Bruce Lunsford and Barbara Edelman. Both campaigns were in Northern Kentucky last week.

Richards, the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, hosted a cookout last Friday night in Boone County. Lunsford and Edelman hit stops in Covington, Fort Wright and Dry Ridge Thursday.

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On the Republican side of the gubernatorial primary, candidate Steve Nunn, a long-time state representative and son of former Gov. Louie Nunn, has drawn a rebuke from Kentucky U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Southgate Republican.

Bunning's picture is featured in a campaign mailer sent to voters by Nunn and his lieutenant governor running mate, Bob Heleringer. The senator issued a statement last week saying he did not authorize use of the photo.

Bunning has not endorsed any of the candidates in the GOP primary, which also includes the campaigns of Lexington Congressman Ernie Fletcher, Jefferson County Judge-executive Rebecca Jackson and state Sen. Virgil Moore.

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The business community will get one last look at some of the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor Friday, when the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosts a campaign forum in Covington.

Scheduled to appear are Jackson, Moore, Heleringer, Owen and Steve Pence, Fletcher's running mate.

The Government Forum begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Club, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd. Cost is $30 for chamber members, $40 for others. Reservations can be made by calling (859) 578-6395 or by reserving a spot through the chamber's Web site, www.nkychamber.com.

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The Boone County Democratic Party will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd.

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The Kenton County Republican Woman's Club will meet Mondayat 11:30 a.m. at the Five Seasons Country Club, 345 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills.

Honored at the meeting will be the winners of the club's scholarship essay contest; Tracy Landwehr of Lakeside Park, a senior at Beechwood High School; and Lloyd High School senior David Onkst or Erlanger.

Also honored at the meeting will be the winner of the club's Annual Americanism Award and Sixth Grade Essay Contest, Zach Hatton of Two Rivers Middle School. Bradie Bowen, Zach's language arts teacher, will also be recognized.

To submit an item for consideration in Political Notes contact Patrick Crowley by phone, (859) 578-5581; e-mail, pcrowley@enquirer.com; fax, (859) 578-5565; or mail, The Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.




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