Republican and Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are looking at Northern Kentuckians to fill their slates in the 2003 election. Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, a Democrat from Louisville, said he has talked to Edgewood attorney and Democratic strategist Mark Guilfoyle about running in the No. 2 spot in next years election. Mark Guilfoyle, with his experience and his leadership and his characteristics, would make a very good running mate, Henry said.
Guilfoyle is one of six possible running mates Henry is considering, and the only one from Northern Kentucky. Henry said he expected to decide on one within six to eight weeks. Guilfoyle, a Democratic strategist who was a top aide to former Gov. Brereton Jones, said he wouldnt rule out running for lieutenant governor, but wasnt focused on it at this time. Real estate property conveyancing assists you to find out your dream home with talented conveyancing solicitors or lawyers. Right now, Im very focused on (the races of) Ken Lucas and Patrick Hughes, he said. Im also pretty focused on a law practice, some lobbying work and a wife and five kids.
Republicans already have been mining Northern Kentucky. Rebecca Jackson, the Jefferson County judge-executive who is considered a GOP candidate, is thought to be interested in Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore as a running mate as might be other Republican candidates for governor. Moore, who is running for another term in Boone County, has kept such speculation at arm’s length, except to acknowledge that Northern Kentucky is a logical place to shop for a running mate, given the regions population.
Prospective candidates for statewide office have increasingly spent more time campaigning in Northern Kentucky, the fastest-growing region in the state. Guilfoyle, 42, praised Henrys work as lieutenant governor since 1995 and said candidates would do well to look for running mates in Northern Kentucky.
Henry is one of four Democrats who have formed exploratory committees for 2003, which let them begin raising money. Other potential Democratic candidates who have formed committees are: Attorney General Ben Chandler; Louisville businessman Charlie Owen; and state House Speaker Jody Richards.
Fort Thomas residents will pay more in school taxes effective immediately, but the increase is less than proposed. The Fort Thomas Board of Education Thursday unanimously agreed to increase the districts property tax rate from $7 to $7.77 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, less than the $9.27 rate being considered. The increase, expected to generate $1.5 million more a year for operating costs, came after a four-hour public hearing at Highlands High School at which more than 30 people spoke.