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.

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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