Young challenges Montell again

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By Lisa King

Bill Young, democratic candidate for Kentucky’s house district 58, is once again running against incumbent Brad Montell in the general election on Nov. 4.

He ran for the same seat in 2006, losing to Montell in what he calls a “very competitive” election.

Young garnered 5852 votes to Montell's 7002.

Young is a Shelby County resident with a background in education. He has a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in United States history from Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently a farmer and was formerly a small business owner, as well as a former counselor, middle school principal and teacher/coach for Shelby County Public Schools.

Young is a member of Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Cattleman's Association, Kentucky Counseling Alumni Association, Kentucky Retired Teacher's Association, the Native American Museum, the Native American Rights Council, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Shelby County Education Association.

Young said some of the toughest issues he has faced in this year's election are those of the economy and the employment situation.

“The biggest issue on the campaign trail this election is the economy and jobs,” he said. “People are really hurting now and they're angry at their elected officials for the way they've handled the issues. Another issue has been women's issues, and the fact that women make about 20 percent less (than men) doing the same job with the same training. Then of course, education issues have been important. And those are the most important things on the campaign trail.”