Lincoln Day Dinner this Friday night

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STEARNS —  McCreary County Republicans can expect to see an old friend this Friday night.

Serving as keynote speaker of the local GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be Mike Duncan, son of Strunk storekeeper Bobby Duncan.

In addition to the hometown connection, Mike Duncan has earned a national reputation among Republican leaders. Beginning in January 2007, Duncan served a two-year term as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Treasurer.

Principally stationed in Inez, KY, Duncan’s family owns two community banks. He and wife Joanne have one son and one granddaughter.

Duncan has also served under two sitting presidents. In 1989, Duncan was Assistant Director of Public Liaison under George H.W. Bush. Twelve years later, President George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows as well as nominating him to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board, of which he’s been a member since his Senate confirmation in March 2006.

Duncan stepped down as TVA Chair in May 2010 to found a political organization called American Crossroads.

“We’re so glad to have him here,” McCreary County Republican Party Treasurer Alice Bryant said.

Bryant added that many dignitaries have been invited to the event, including McCreary County’s newest state representative, Marie Rader.

The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Hall at downtown Stearns. For tickets, call Tim Corder (606-310-6160), Peggy Kilby (606-310-9974) or Mary Singleton (376-2626).