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For immediate release…
Monday – Dec. 9, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky Forum will hold an event on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the NKU METS Center (3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger).

How happy are you with your current political party? Have you ever considered when or why you chose the party in which you registered? Are you a Democrat, Republican or Other? Why? What informed your decision? Approximately 90 percent of northern Kentuckians registered to vote are Democrats or Republicans. What do these political parties represent? How do local parties resemble or differ from their national counterparts? How are outlying views represented?

Attend the Forum's event on Dec. 10 to be a part of the conversation and talk to distinguished panelists about their party affiliations and how they made their choice.

“In this time of what can often be viewed as political entrenchment I think it is particularly important to revisit the basis for our political beliefs and affiliations,” said Northern Kentucky Forum Board Chair Tara Ford. “The Northern Kentucky Forum is proud to facilitate this conversation in our continuing mission to bring insights and engagement into public policy and current events.”

Panelists will discuss how, and why, they chose their political party affiliation. Three Republicans (Rick Brueggemann, Steve Pendery and Greg Shumate) and three Democrats (Kathy Groob, Mark Hayden and Col Owens) will explore what core values led them to affiliate with the political party they chose when they registered to vote.

Take a community poll prior to the event and add your voice to the conversation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nkyforumpoliticalparties.

The Dec. 10 event is free and open to the public. It will take place from 8:15-9:45 a.m.; doors will open at 7:45 a.m. with a light breakfast. RSVP for the pre-event reception to engage@nku.edu.

About the Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy – three nonpartisan groups in northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several “public square” events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. Forum events are free to the northern Kentucky community.

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