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The Primary: Charlie Kenner, Boone Commission, Dist. 2; Keith McMain, District Court Judge 54th Dist.

The NKyTribune is offering an opportunity for those in contested NKY races in the primary election to make their case — and themselves — better known to voters. This opportunity is open and free: 800 words max., positive FOR your candidacy. Send to news@nkytrib.com. None will appear after May 20.

Boone County Commission, District 2

I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I would like to be re-elected District 2 Boone County Commissioner.

Boone County has always been my home. I was fortunate to have great parents to raise me in such a vibrant community. I attended Boone County Schools and Graduated from Boone County High School. I attended the University of Louisville on scholarship where I received BS and DMD degrees.

Charlie Kenner

I have practiced dentistry in Florence for many years.

My wife and I raised our four children here and are deeply rooted in this wonderful county.

My tenure at Boone County Fiscal Court has been met with many successes. Along with my fellow team members we have achieved road and other infrastructure improvements. Rapid growth has at times been very challenging but rewarding.

Recent tax cuts made at Fiscal Court indicate that we take management of our citizens’ money seriously. My duties at Fiscal Court involve budget and finance issues, approval of development projects, and chair of the county health department.

In addition, I am also involved in early childhood development with Boone County and Walton-Verona Schools, The Boone Conservancy and helping with small and large business developments. My role as county health department chair enables me to serve on the district health department. The NKY Health District recently opened a new 40,000-square-foot facility in Florence. As a building committee member, I helped keep the project under budget and mortgage free.

My family and I have involved ourselves in many charities and organizations throughout the years. We are devoted pro-life supporters and are involved in pro-life activities through our parish and NKY Right to Life.  Service to others is a priority. I am an NRA member and a proud member of a law enforcement family. I recently was honored to serve my country for ten years in the US Army. I served many deployments both in the USA and overseas. All of these blessed life experiences have helped me serve the wonderful citizens of Boone County.

I would most humbly ask for your vote on May 22. Thank you. 

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District Court Judge 54th District
(Boone and Gallatin Counties)


I am a lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky. I attended St. Henry Elementary and High School, then graduated from Northern Kentucky University with degrees in Management and Marketing.  While at NKU, I was elected Student Government President and Student Regent on the Board of Regents. I continued my education at Salmon P. Chase College of Law graduating in 1989, then began in private practice in Boone County. I reside in Burlington with my wife, Kelly and 5 children.

Keith McMain

Legal Experience

As an attorney in private practice for the past 28 years, I have seen firsthand the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary to our society. I have handled thousands of cases and practiced in every area under the jurisdiction of the District Court: criminal, traffic, civil/small claims, probate, landlord-tenant, and adult disability. I have also practiced before the District Court in numerous counties within the Commonwealth. In addition to representing clients in district court, my practice included social security disability, bankruptcy, and family law cases. This broad experience has prepared me to effectively serve the people of Boone and Gallatin Counties as their next District Court Judge.   

My exposure to numerous district courts in the Commonwealth and their different systems for handling cases will help me develop an effective and efficient running docket. Currently, citizens, law enforcement professionals, and attorneys can wait hours in court before their cases even get called before the Judge. This practice leads to unnecessary overtime for police departments and missed time at work for citizens. I intend to collaborate with law enforcement and the court clerk’s office to implement a system that has respect for all participant’s time as well as improve the court’s efficiency to be a good steward of your tax dollars.

In the legal community, I have earned a reputation for honesty, integrity, and zealously representing my clients. I have a deep respect for the law, fellow attorneys, and litigants. I will bring this with me to the bench.

Judicial races are very important because the rulings judges make on the bench have real lasting effects on lives. I promise to serve the citizens of Boone and Gallatin Counties with integrity, impartiality, and compassion, making timely rulings based on the law.
Life of Service

I am the only candidate for District Court Judge endorsed by NKY Right to Life. This was very important to me as I volunteer at my church, Immaculate Heart of Mary. My volunteer service at church includes; being the treasurer of the men’s group for 10 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and working on the parish Lenten fish fries, the annual golf outing, and turkey dinner.
I am also very active in the community; serving on the R.C. Durr YMCA Board of Directors and the Burlington Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Previously I served as a member of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Board of Directors.

Coaching youth sports is one of the most important ways we can impact future generations. I am currently the St. Henry Middle School Track Coach and an Assistant Coach for the Boone County Jaguars K-8 Cross Country Program. I also coached in the Boone County Youth Soccer Association for 15 years. Teaching athletes to “work hard” and “always do your best” is the same philosophy that I will bring with me to the bench. 
My life has been dedicated to my faith, family and community. Being in service to the community is very important to me. If given the honor of serving as a District Judge, I will always remember the values this community has imparted on me, as I am charged with ruling on others’ disputes.

Please vote on  May 22  to allow me to serve the people of Boone and Gallatin Counties as your next District Court Judge.

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