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NKY Democrats to Honor Trusty, Huelsman & Hear from Candidates

Democrats and like-minded independents of the Fourth Congressional District are invited to "Pork, Pints, and Politics", an opportunity to gather and enjoy good food, cold drinks, entertainment and camaraderie from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ludlow.

Northern Kentucky Democratic League hosts the picnic, where candidates and potential candidates are invited to take the mic between sets by the Mudpies, delivering blues, rock and soul, and DJ Dr. T. The Mudpies have been nominated for the Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Best Blues Band category.

Can Pork, Pints, and Politics eventually grow into a Northern Kentucky Fancy Farm - the traditional kick-off of the fall campaign season held each year in Graves County? The League is hoping that it can. Kentucky State Chair Rep. Sannie Overly and Congressional candidate Amy McGrath (taking on Rep. Andy Barr in the 6th District) have been invited and Tom Sketch, League president says, “It’s on their calendars.”

Event honorees are the late Shirley Huelsmann and Judge Frank Trusty, who both died this summer.

Huelsmann was the first woman chair of the Kenton County Democratic Party from 1997-2004. She was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1996 and 2000. She served as chair of the Blessed Sacrament Parish Council and President of the Beechwood Schools PTA.

Trusty began his lengthy career in public service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. In 1977, he was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney and served until 1984.

He would later become Kenton County’s first full-time public advocate before taking the bench, where he served as both a Circuit Judge and a District Judge before his retirement.

In 2012, Judge Trusty returned to his roots and was sworn in again as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kenton County where he volunteered his time, pro-bono, prosecuting the preliminary hearing docket.

“They were both life-long, active Democrats,” said Sketch.

Admission: $25, children under 12 admitted free. Unlimited Pints and Pork BBQ (and fixings) comes with the price of admission. “Along with our famous "Mock McConnell" Soup,” Sketch adds.

Contact Tom Sketch for more information at 859-491-3654, and candidates are encouraged to call to schedule a mic spot.

-Staff report