by Robin Gee
The Republican primary elections are starting to get crowded in Northern Kentucky.
With potential changes due to redistricting, the deadline to file for the upcoming primaries has been pushed out to January 25. Last week two local women filed for races in our area.
Kentucky House District 68
At least two and possibly more candidates will vie for the seat in the Kentucky House vacated by Joe Fischer in the GOP Primary race for District 68.
|Mirna Eads, candidate for Kentucky House District 68|
Mirna Daniels Eads of Fort Thomas has filed to run for the seat. She is an RN at Carespring Health Management and was former director of education at Carmel Manor.
"I am an RN of 22 years and a single mom. My youngest will graduate high school this year," said Eads. "I never really paid attention to politics and like many of us, I put my trust in those I have elected.
Well, over the last few years things have been surfacing regarding corruption in our government. Those we have elected have failed to protect our rights and our freedoms that so many have fought and died for. So, I am stepping up to do my duty. I promise if I am elected, that I will fight for our rights and protect our freedoms and uphold the Constitution. I stand accountable to you, the people of Campbell County."
"I’m running on behalf of the constituents of District 68. I will look for ways to lower taxes and cut wasteful spending, as I have done during my last three years on Cold Spring City Council. I am a true conservative and pro-second amendment. I will also defend all other freedoms afforded to us by the United States Constitution," he said.
Army veteran and human resources professional Chris Robinson has also filed, yet his district is likely to be affected by redistricting. As a resident of Grants Lick, the newly proposed map would put him in District 78. The house seat in that district is held by Republican Mark Hart.
"For me, I'm not interested in primarying a sitting incumbent for no reason, but I still have to make some decisions about how I go about things," he said. Technically, he is still in District 68 for now, but said he will have more information to share once the issue is resolved.
According to the Congressional Research Service for the 2020 census, "delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues related to compiling the apportionment population prevented the delivery of figures as scheduled." In other words, census data was late and has caused delays in the redistricting process in the states, which could affect some of Kentucky's district races.
Mike Clines, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Covington, also filled out some preliminary paperwork for a run in the 68th district but has not made a final decision on whether he will file.
Kentucky Senate District 24
In the Kentucky Senate District 24, Jessica Neal of Cold Spring will face off against Shelley Funke Frommeyer of Alexandria. The position has been held by Wil Schroder who announced last summer he will not be seeking reelection.
The primary election for both Republicans and Democrats will be held on May 17. The general election is set for November 8.