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Republicans Choose Kimberly Banta for House District 63 Special Election

Kimberly Banta was nominated by Republicans in Kenton and Boone counties to run in the special election for state representative in district 63.

The district encompasses parts of northwestern Kenton and northeaster Boone, and the cities of Edgewood, Fort Wright, Crescent Springs, and Villa Hills, along with the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron.

Former State Rep. Diane St. Onge, a Republican, resigned her seat to pursue opportunities in California.

The Democratic parties in each of the two counties will also nominate a candidate for the special election created by St. Onge's resignation. Governor Matt Bevin called for the special election to align with the regularly scheduled statewide elections on November 5.

Banta is a retired educator from Kenton County, according to a news release.

“We appreciate Diane St. Onge’s dedicated service to her constituents and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Sarah Van Wallaghen said. “Kimberly Banta is a retired educator with decades of serving students and schools in Kenton County, and we’re excited to work hard to support her and hold this Republican seat in November.”

Banta began her career in education as a teacher at Simon Kenton High School in 1986. She has also been a principal, assistant superintendent, and chief academic officer in Kenton County. Banta has led efforts to strengthen curriculum, improve nutrition, and bolstered programs for at-risk students, the news release said. She holds a doctor of education from the University of Louisville.

-Staff report