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Democrats to Convene in Ludlow for Pork, Pints, & Politics

Democrats will be in Ludlow on Saturday for the second annual Pork, Pints & Politics, a picnic and fundraiser for the Northern Kentucky Democratic League.

Judge Ray Lape will receive the organization's first ever Public Service Award.

Lape, a native of Northern Kentucky, began his law career in 1969. He was appointed to Kenton County Circuit Court in 1979, a position he held until his retirement in 1995.

His awards include, the Chase College of Law Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Distinguished Lawyer Award (2010). He holds many memberships in local organizations, and has four children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

“Judge Lape personifies outstanding public service, and we are all blessed to have had him serve our community for so many years”, said Shawn Masters, NKDL Chairman, in an announcement. “He is one of the finest men I know.”

“Pork, Pints & Politics” returns to The Knights of Columbus in Ludlow, with food and entertainment from 1 - 7 p.m.

“We are very excited about this year’s event, especially as we near mid-term elections,” Masters said. “Retired Judge Frank Trusty will be our Master of Ceremonies. He’s sure to liven up the crowd.”

Picnic admission is $25 per person and includes: all you can eat barbeque, Mock-McConnell Soup, and beverages. .

The event is open to the public, and reservations can be made by emailing NKDL at [email protected].

Among the candidates expected to appear: Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller, State Rep. Arnold Simpson, Jason Steffen (candidate for 25th District State Senate seat), Campbell Co. Commissioner Ken Rechtin (a candidate for Judge-Executive), Mark Ramler (candidate for Campbell Co. Commissioner), Appeals Court Judge Allison Emerson Jones, her opponent Justin Sanders, Kathy Lape (candidate for Kenton Co. Circuit Judge), James T. Redwine (candidate for Kenton Co. Circuit Judge), Covington City Commissioner Chuck Eilerman, and Warner Allen (candidate for Covington City Commission).

-Staff report