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Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown Dies

Kenny Brown, who helped bring the Northern Kentucky Tea Party movement into mainstream Republican Party politics, died Friday as a result of a history of medical issues.

First responders were called to the Boone County Clerk’s Florence home at about 5:20 p.m. after a friend was concerned that a phone call was disconnected because of a medical issue, according to a Boone County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Because there was no answer at the door, responders entered Brown’s home through an unsecured window finding the clerk inside, dead from apparent natural causes.

Boone County Coroner Missy Rittinger determined his death was related to medical issues.

Brown gained notice in Northern Kentucky political circles during his leadership of the anti-parks tax issue in Boone County in 2008. He co-chaired the successful anti-tax movement with current Boone County Property Valuation Administrator Cindy Arlinghaus Martin.

Known for his popular get-togethers at which he served spicy New Orleans-style food, Brown first won election as clerk in 2010. One of the hallmarks of his years as clerk was providing vote totals rapidly online – often hours before other Boards of Election -- in a live-stream for Boone County.

“Our hearts are saddened to hear the tragic news about the passing of County Clerk Kenny Brown. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny’s family, his dedicated staff and friends during this difficult time,” the Boone County Fiscal Court members said in a joint statement.

“He’s a legend and there will never be anyone like him,” said U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-4th District.

According to a statement, “The Republican Party of Kentucky's 4th District is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown. Please join us in praying for Kenny's family.”

Funeral arrangement have not yet been announced.

-Nancy Daly, RCN contributor

Photo: Kenny Brown (provided)