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Democrats Nominate Josh Blair for House District 63 Special Election

The special election for House District 63 in Northern Kentucky is now ready with both parties nominating their respective candidates.

Following the Republicans on Monday and their nomination of retired educator Kimberly Banta, the Democrats announced on Thursday that their candidate will be Josh Blair.

Blair, of Erlanger, was also the Democratic nominee for state representative in this district in 2018, but lost to incumbent Republican Diane St. Onge.

The resignation of St. Onge prompted Governor Matt Bevin to call for a special election to coincide with the regularly scheduled statewide elections on Tuesday, November 5.

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

“Josh Blair is a true representative of everyday Kentuckians and his district,” said Mary Nishimuta, executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “Blair has lived most of his life in Kenton County and understands that supporting education, implementing a fair tax structure, transparency in government and strengthening small businesses are pivotal in addressing the needs of the community. We are excited to support him in defeating the Republican candidate this November.”

Blair, a graduate of Beechwood High School and Northern Kentucky University, has lived most of his life in Kenton County. After graduating from NKU in 2005, Blair attended graduate school at Ohio University and worked at Syracuse University in the Public Safety Department, before returning to Northern Kentucky to raise his family.

Blair is an adjunct professor at NKU, and was recently selected as a Parent Representative on the Caywood Elementary Site Based Decision Making Council. He believes investing in education is investing in job growth and our future, he said in a news release.

-Staff report