Thursday, June 5, 2003

Boone Co. nurse running for House

Wuchner wants Walton's 66th District seat

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

BURLINGTON - One day after state Rep. Charlie Walton announced his state senate campaign, another Boone County Republican has stepped up to run for his statehouse seat.

Addia Wuchner, 47, a registered nurse who has been active in Republican politics, and social and community issues, said Wednesday she will run in 2004 for the 66th House District seat that Walton has held for 11 years. The seat covers Florence and most of central and northern Boone County.

"I've traveled around the country and to many other countries, and I've been active in the community, always working to make a difference," Wuchner said. "The 66th House District seat is open, and I feel it is time for me to step up to the plate and respond. I've learned a lot about being a public servant from watching my husband's career."

Her husband, Jan, a former Kentucky State Police officer, is the school resource officer at Walton-Verona High School.

Wuchner and Walton live in the same Oakbrook subdivision outside Florence. They are supporting each in their respective races.

Walton announced Tuesday he is challenging Senate President Pro Tem Richard "Dick" Roeding, R-Lakeside Park, in the 11th Senate District primary in May. Wuchner attended Walton's campaign announcement.

Boone County Democratic Party Chairman Howard Tankersley said Wednesday the party anticipates fielding candidates in both statehouse races.

Wuchner said she will begin detailed discussions of issues and policy later in the year. The broad themes of her platform will include keeping taxes low, reducing the size of government and opposition to abortion.

"I wanted to announce my candidacy early, and then work very hard to elect (Republican) Ernie Fletcher the next governor of Kentucky," she said. "That comes up before my race comes up and I'm going to concentrate on electing the next Republican governor."

Wuchner said she does expect to be challenged in the GOP primary in May. Boone County is the largest Republican county in the state by voter registrations.

Wuchner, the former director of corporate relations for the St. Luke Hospitals/Health Alliance, has traveled on about a dozen humanitarian aide trips to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Bosnia. Her trips to Bosnia were made in the early to mid-1990s during the Balkan wars.

Wuchner has also been involved in counseling women on career and health issues, is a member of the Northern Kentucky Health District Board of Directors and has worked on education initiatives that promote abstinence among teens.

State Rep. Paul Marcotte of Union, said Wuchner would make "a terrific candidate and a terrific legislator."

"Addia is very intelligent, very articulate and has the right values to represent Boone County," Marcotte said. "She has my support. I'm going to co-host a (campaign) fund-raiser for her and do all I can to help her get elected."


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