Political newcomers battle to replace Sen. Katie Stine in 24th District Senate race

07/28/2014 07:46 AM

Two political newcomers are battling for the right to represent the 24th Senate District and take on the resurgence of heroin which has deeply effected the northern Kentucky area.

In May Republican Wil Schroder III, the assistant commonwealth attorney in Campbell County, won a three-way primary in Campbell, Pendleton and Braken counties in his bid to succeed longtime Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate.

Schroder faces Democrat Jason Michael Steffen, who did not have a Democratic primary opponent, for the seat in November.

Schroder, is the son of the late state Supreme Court Justice Will Schroder. The younger Schroder combined name recognition with hard work and connections to GOP activists that he fostered working for other Republican candidates in recent years to win his primary — picking up 50 percent of the vote.

Steffen, who is also seeking political office for the first time, is the principal at Mary A. Goetz Elementary in Ludlow.

Pure Politics gets the insights and philosophical differences which separate the candidates on the top issue priority for the region — dealing with the rise of heroin.


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