FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (WTVQ) – Republicans in Boone and Kenton counties nominated Kimberly Banta as the GOP candidate for the special election in House District 63.
The district encompasses parts of northwestern Kenton and northeastern Boone counties, and the cities of Edgewood, Fort Wright, Crescent Springs, Villa Hills and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron.
The House seat opened up when Republican Representative Diane St. Onge resigned to pursue opportunities in California.
“We appreciate Diane St. Onge’s dedicated service to her constituents and wish her well in her future endeavors,” RPK 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. She holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Louisville.
The Democratic parties in Boone and Kenton counties will also nominate a candidate for the special election to be held November 5, 2019.