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.

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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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