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Friday, November 22, 2019

Five northern Kentuckians named to Governor-elect transition team

Governor-elect Andy Beshear announced more than 150 members of his transition team ahead of his December 10 inauguration.

The list includes five from Northern Kentucky, including Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser.

Dr. Cheser is one of three superintendents selected to assist with the transition in Frankfort.

The Transition Team as a whole is diverse and non-partisan, from all throughout Kentucky.

"I'm happy to represent Fort Thomas Independent Schools on Governor-Elect Beshear's Transition Team," Dr. Cheser said. "It's an honor I take seriously and I'll do my best to communicate the importance of public education in the region and in our Commonwealth."

Democrat Beshear and running mate, Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman, defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his running mate, State Sen. Ralph Alvarado.

“Jacqueline and I are honored to have such a strong and talented team of leaders and experts committed to helping Kentucky start this new chapter,” Beshear said. “We are truly excited about this opportunity. We will never stop working to serve every single Kentuckian, including the lost, the lonely and the left behind.” 

“We appreciate those willing to volunteer to help us move forward as a state with dignity, inclusivity and respect,” said Coleman. “We all share a common goal to make Kentucky a vibrant, safe, healthy place for our families to live and work for generations to come. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Let’s get started.”

The transition team includes Cheser, who will serve as staff on the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet transition staff; State Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder), who will co-chair the Public Protection Cabinet; Col Owens, of Fort Mitchell, a local attorney and former chairman of the Kenton County Democratic Party, will serve on the transition staff of the Health and Family Services Cabinet; Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Michelle Snodgrass will serve on the transition staff for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet; and attorney Lance Lucas, of Union, will serve on the transition staff of the Labor Cabinet.

“The peaceful and smooth transition of government is one of the tenets of American democracy," said J. Michael Brown, transition chair and deputy attorney general. "We appreciate the nearly 30,000 state employees who are dedicated to public service and we must remember that while management is changing, the mission of government is not.”

Those co-chairing the Executive Branch cabinet teams includes former Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen.

“I am confident that Gov.-elect Beshear will approach the formation of his administration with the same integrity and diligence that have been the hallmarks of his career,” said Luallen. “I am honored to be asked to assist in the transition.”

“The occupations and regulatory functions of the Public Protection Cabinet affect Kentuckians’ everyday lives, and I look forward to working with others in making sure quality individuals are considered during this process,” said Rep. Keene. “Congratulations again to Gov.-elect Beshear and Lt. Gov.-elect Coleman! I am excited to join the #TeamKentucky transition team.”

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