78th District House race pits experience against new ideas in re-crafted district

07/29/2014 08:53 AM

Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, could be in for a strenuous re-election challenge. The district has changed through redistricting and is now comprised of Pendelton, Harrison and part of Scott Counties and McKee is facing a tough opponent in Falmouth Mayor Mark Hart, who also is a firefighter and paramedic.

McKee has served the district for 17-years, and feels good about the new portion of the district in Eastern Scott County where his son is a high school football coach.

Hart says it’s time for a fresh approach in the northern Kentucky area.

“Without periodic change in our elected representation we as a society are doomed to become complacent with the status quo leadership that will eventually erode our leadership,” Hart said.

But, McKee plans to run on his experience and what he’s done for the district — including road and sewer projects.

McKee has out raised Hart, but has been spending just as quickly. McKee has raised more than $26,000 in the cycle but enters the final months with less than $10,000 in cash-on-hand.

Hart has raised less than half of that, but hasn’t spent a penny according to reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and enters the home stretch with a little more than $10,000 in the bank.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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