Election 2012: Montell files to run for 6th term

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By Lisa King

State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) will seek his sixth term serving the 58th District.

Montell filed Monday in Frankfort with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to run for re-election.

He so far is unopposed.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 58th district in Frankfort,” Montell said in his announcement.

“I look forward to continuing to fight for commonsense conservative values and being a strong advocate for the interests of Shelby County.”
 Montell first was first elected in 2002, an election in which he carried Shelby County by 200 votes.

He has served five consecutive terms and says he has consistently worked to limit government intrusion, to reduce spending and taxes, and to maintain pro-family and pro-life values.

Montell’s committee assignments have included Agriculture and Small Business, Banking and Insurance and State Government.

In 2004, he guided through legislation designating Shelby County as the Saddlebred Capital of the World.

The son of noted Kentucky educators Ruth Evelyn and Lynwood Montell, he  was born in 1956 in Fayette County. He attended high school in Bowling Green and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Kentucky University.

He taught high school for nine years, then was hired by a brokerage firm and moved to Shelby County, where he is the owner of a small investment company.

During the past 20 years, Montell has served on the board of directors of Republic Bank, as Chamber of Commerce president, chairman of the Shelby Economic Development Council, director of the Loving Choice Pregnancy Center, director of the Kiwanis Club and vice-president of his Leadership Shelby class.

He and his wife, Marla, attend the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville. He is also a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Shelby County Cattleman's Association.

He and his wife, Marla, have two sons, Tyler and Hunter.