Brian Linder looking to defeat Wanda Crupper Hammons to end Republican futility in 61st District

10/24/2012 05:51 PM

This year marks only the third time since 1970 that the state House district in Grant, Owen and Gallatin counties has been an open seat up for grabs.

But in the previous two instances — 1973 and 1992 — Democrats Clay Crupper and Royce Adams, respectively, won unchallenged by Republicans.

This fall, it’s completely different in the 61st House District. Republicans believe Grant County Magistrate Brian Linder is the guy to move the Grant County-centric district into the GOP’s column for the first time in 158 years.

To do it, he has to defeat Democrat Wanda Crupper Hammons — as well as the last two sitting legislators from the district. Hammons, a fireman and EMT from Dry Ridge, has been endorsed by Adams and is the daughter of Crupper, who now serves as mayor of Dry Ridge.

Here’s a closer look at the candidates.

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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