Dennis Keene

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Dennis Keene
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
from the 67th[1] district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2005
Preceded by James Callahan
Personal details
Born (1965-08-17) August 17, 1965 (age 49)
Dayton, Kentucky
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Wilder, Kentucky

Dennis Keene (born August 17, 1965 in Dayton, Kentucky) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 67[2] since January 2005. District 67 is entirely based in Campbell County, Kentucky, comprising the cities of Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Wilder, Southdate, Woodlawn, and a portion of Highland Heights.

Keene is pro-life.[3][4]

Keene was a second-term Wilder, Kentucky, city councilman when Jim Callahan, a Democrat who had served the 67th house district for many years, announced his retirement. Keene filed to succeed Callahan to the spot, but so did two other Democrats. One of the other Democrats, Ken Rechtin, a Campbell County Commissioner and former Newport, Ky. city councilman, was favored to win the primary. Keene ran an aggressive primary campaign and ended up collecting 1,052 votes to Rechtin's 957.[5]

With the difficult primary behind him and an endorsement from outgoing popular Democrat Jim Callahan, Keene looked to be a safe bet for the 67th district, which has more registered Democrats than Republicans. He also had the support of all three county commissioners - all three of which were Democrats themselves. The Republicans united behind Wilder lawyer Mark Hayden. Hayden ran an aggressive campaign and had the support of Gov. Ernie Fletcher, both Kentucky U.S. senators and Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery. Keene drew first blood in the race when he drew attention to the fact that Hayden's law firm, Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald, sponsored a seminar titled "Exploring the Options for Area Manufacturers", which had a brochure that read: "Join us as we will help you discover for yourself the opportunities which China holds. You're invited to explore the 'why's' and 'how's' of setting up manufacturing facilities in China." Keene said this proved Hayden would not bring jobs to the district or state. Hayden said he was not connected with the seminar and didn't agree with sending jobs overseas. Testy moments followed, including an argument between the two after answering questions at Northern Kentucky University. The race was close to the end, with Keene winning by approximately 300 votes out of more than 12,000 cast.[6]

Elections[edit]

  • 2012 Keene was unopposed for the May 22, 2012 Democratic Primary[7] and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 7,768 votes (59.9%) against Republican nominee Adam Haas.[8]
  • 2004 When District 67 Representative James Callahan retired and left the seat open, Keene won the three-way 2004 Democratic Primary by 95 votes with 1,052 votes (49.1%)[9] and won the November 2, 2004 General election with 6,665 votes (51.4%) against Republican nominee Mark Hayden.[10]
  • 2006 Keene was unopposed for both the 2006 Democratic Primary[11] and the November 7, 2006 General election, winning with 6,249 votes.[12]
  • 2008 Keene was unopposed for the 2008 Democratic Primary[13] and won the November 4, 2008 General election with 8,415 votes (69.7%) against Independent candidate Patrick Lucas.[14]
  • 2010 Keene was unopposed for the May 18, 2010 Democratic Primary[15] and won the November 2, 2010 General election with 5,042 votes (56.5%) against Republican nominee Roger Thoney.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Dennis Keene (D)". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky House of Representatives. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dennis Keene's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.nkyrtl.org/2004julp.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1548184,00.html
  5. ^ http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/05/19/loc_kystatehouse67.html
  6. ^ http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/11/03/loc_el-ky67KY.html
  7. ^ "Commonwealth of Kentucky May 22, 2012 Official 2012 Primary Election Results". Frankfort, Kentucky: Secretary of State of Kentucky. p. 29. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Commonwealth of Kentucky November 6, 2012 Official 2012 General Election Results". Frankfort, Kentucky: Secretary of State of Kentucky. p. 45. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2004 Primary Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2004 General Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2006 Primary Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "2006 General Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2008 Primary Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2008 General Election". Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Commonwealth of Kentucky May 18, 2010 Official 2010 Primary Election Results". Frankfort, Kentucky: Secretary of State of Kentucky. p. 26. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Commonwealth of Kentucky November 2, 2010 Official 2010 General Election Results". Frankfort, Kentucky: Secretary of State of Kentucky. p. 52. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 

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