Before they can replace Katie Stine, GOP Senate candidates must convince voters she's not running

05/12/2014 05:14 PM

ALEXANDRIA – For the third time in the last four election cycles a longtime Republican senator from Northern Kentucky is retiring, creating an open seat and a free-for-all GOP primary.

This spring in Northern Kentucky’s 24th State Senate district, which encompasses Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken counties, three first-time candidates with familiar political names are vying for the Republican nomination to succeed Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine of Southgate.

  • Wil Schroder, 31, is an assistant commonwealth attorney who has volunteered for numerous Northern Kentucky Republican candidates. He is the son of the late Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wil Scrhoder.
  • Deb Sheldon, 54, is a former U.S. Army nurse and a former minister from Alexandria. She and her husband Troy have been very active in the Northern Kentucky tea party movement.
  • Brandon Voelker, 41, is Cold Spring lawyer who has represented tea party interests in law suits challenging the methods that Northern Kentucky libraries have used to raise taxes. He also comes from a political family.

Here’s a look at where they stand on some of the key issues the General Assembly deals with affecting the 24th District. And while they differ on fundraising philosophies, these Republican state Senate candidates are not too far apart on many of those issues:

The winner will oppose Democrat Jason Steffen in November, as Steffen is running unopposed on the Democratic side.

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


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