Many in northern Kentucky see Chris McDaniel's lieutenant governor candidacy as a potential boon for the region

09/13/2014 09:30 AM

Republicans have chance to do something in 2015 that hasn’t happened in 124 years, elect a lieutenant governor from northern Kentucky.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer has chosen 23rd District Senator Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, as his running mate and that’s got the attention of many in the northern part of the state.

Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell thinks having a northern Kentuckian in the states second highest office could lead to more investment in the region which, in turn, benefits the rest of the state.

“One of the things that I would like to see northern Ky. do is become a bigger donor to state government than it already is today,” Bell said. “But, in order to make that happen, I think we’re going to have to make some investment up here. So, I think it’s a win-win for the state if we have somebody down there who knows northern Kentucky, knows what the potential is for the area and will be able to take that back to state government.”

Northern Kentucky has been plagued by low voter turnout in recent years.

Many, like former 63rd district state Rep. Jon Draud, feel that having a native northern Kentuckian on the ballot should increase voter turnout in the region and
help the Comer/McDaniel ticket as well.

“I think this will solidify the turnout, with having a local candidate from northern Kentucky and I’m sure that’s part of Jamie’s thinking of he’d like to have a Republican from Northern Kentucky because of the large number of Republicans from Northern Kentucky,” Draud said. “I think Chris being on the ticket will insist on a big turnout.”

The last lieutenant governor from northern Kentucky was James William Bryan who served from 1887 to 1891.

The late Lawson Walker was the last lieutenant governor candidate from the region. He ran unsuccessfully in 1991.

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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