Election 2012: Miller is uncontested for circuit court clerk

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Candidates for primary must file by Jan. 31

By Lisa King

Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller said he is enjoying his uncontested status for the coming election.

“It feels great,” said Miller, a Republican who was elected in 2010 to fulfill the term of Kathy Nichols, who retired. “I really enjoyed campaigning last time, meeting so many new people and seeing others I hadn’t seen in years, but I have to tell you that being uncontested feels great.

“But I’m kind of still holding my breath, until the filing deadline is passed.”

But Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said Miller can relax and just enjoy running unopposed.

“Nobody took the [circuit clerk] test, so nobody can run against him – period,” she said. “So his race will be uncontested.”

Several local races are on the slate for 2012 – joining the presidential and congressional races – and the deadline for filing for some of  those races – including commonwealth attorney, state representative and the Shelbyville City Council – is coming up quickly.

All candidates for the primary election must file by Jan. 31.

The city commissions in Simpsonville and Pleasureville and races for Shelby County School Board Districts 2, 3 and 5 also are on tap, but those are non-partisan, won’t be on the ballot until Nov. 6 and don’t have to file until Aug. 14.

Incumbent Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell, a Republican, filed in November and so far is unopposed in the 53rd judicial district.

Perry said that so far, three people have file to run for Shelbyville City Council: incumbent Democrats Donna Eaton and Alan Matthews and Republican Bobby Andriot.

All filed in December.

Incumbent state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) also faces re-election, but he has not yet filed, and it’s unclear exactly what his district might be because of the ongoing reapportionment.


New district maps

That redistricting makes it a big year for Perry.

“I have to re-draw the precinct lines to conform with the magisterial districts,” she said. “We’re working on it now, but it won’t be approved until the legislature does theirs, because we don’t know if we’re going to split or not.”

Perry said she does not believe that Shelby County’s boundaries will be changed.

“Both my representatives [state Sen. Paul Hornback and Montell, both Republicans] are confident that Shelby County won’t be split, but if it is, I would have to find out where that would occur, because you can’t cross over legislative lines,” she said.

But Perry, who has been county clerk for more than 30 years, recalls when the county’s legislative lines were redrawn.

“Years ago, our congressional district was in with northern Kentucky’s, now we are in with western Kentucky,” she said. “Also, Franklin County used to be in our district, but we don’t have that anymore.”

Said Hornback: “I have spoken to everybody I can for our congressional boundaries not to be split, but it’s kind of premature to say what it’s going to be.”


2012 Election key dates

Jan. 31:Candidate filing deadline for primary.

April 23:Last day to register to vote in primary.

May 22:Primary Election Day.

Aug. 14:Candidate filing deadline for general election.