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.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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