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Elections

  • ELECTION 2014: Shelby County Fiscal Court: Butler to run for magistrate

    After two terms on the Shelby County Board of Education, Doug Butler has decided to move on and enter the political ring as a candidate for the District 7 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    Longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse has decided not to run for re-election, and the seat has garnered a lot of attention with three other candidates also entering the race.

    Butler, a Republican who has served eight years on the school board, said this is his first time running for political office. While elected, school board positions are non-partisan.

  • Election 2104, State Senate: McCurdy ready to challenge for 20th District

    Gary “Tony” McCurdy says he’s tired of Kentucky’s lawmakers looking at the small picture and wants to see a more proactive approach.

    That led him to run against Ben Chandler in the 6th District U.S. Congress race in 2008.

    “There wasn’t a Republican running against him, and I knew he could be beaten,” he said. “So I decided to run.”

    Although he lost by about 2 percent, McCurdy, a conservative Republican, did get the itch to serve.

  • Election 2014: State Senator: Hornback seeking return to Frankfort

    Paul Hornback has spent the past four years figuring out how to work around and fix inefficiencies in Frankfort, and he said he believes he’s just getting started.

    That’s why the Republican incumbent has filed for a second term as the state senator for District 20, which includes Shelby, Henry, Carroll and Trimble counties along with a small portion of the east end of Jefferson County.

  • Only a few days to file for 2014 elections

    With the deadline to file for the 2014 election quickly approaching, only a few new candidates have emerged and a few positions remain unopposed.

    The last day to file in most races is Tuesday, but candidates in the non-partisan Shelby County Board of Education, Simpsonville City Commission and Soil and Conservation Board races don’t have to file until August.

  • State budget will headline some recurring issues

    The 2014 Kentucky legislative session begins Tuesday, and although 137 bills already have been filed, some familiar story lines figure to be developed during this 60-day session.

    In extended, even-numbered years, the longer session always seems to be headlined by the setting of the state budget, but state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he foresees that there also will be time for those old familiars: gambling, health care, educational and state pension reform.

  • Top issues for session

    State pension

  • Election 2014:Rothenburger, Hardesty may not be challenged

    With less than three weeks left before the deadline to file to run in the 2014 Primary Election, it is beginning to look as if the top people in city and county government may return to office without opposition.

    Neither Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, a Republican, nor Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, a Democrat, has opposition – at least so far.

    Hardesty, who has been mayor since 2003, said he has not had any competition since he was elected.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 4: Bill Hedges

    Incumbent Magistrate Bill Hedges has filed to run for a second term in District 4.

    A Republican, Hedges narrowly defeated Democrat John Lewis in 2010, when the two vied for the open seat vacated by retiring longtime Magistrate Cordy Armstrong. There had been several candidates in the primary, too.

  • Northern Kentucky business leader may run against Massie in GOP primary

    COVINGTON – When the top business leader in the most populated part of your district says he might run against you, you’ve got a problem.

    That’s the situation in which Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, whose District 4 includes Shelby County now finds himself.

    Last week, longtime Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Steve Stevens said he’s exploring a run against Massie in the May primary.

  • Election 2014: Shelby quiet on political donations – so far

    Kentucky’s 2014 senatorial race, one of the hottest in the country, so far has not drawn significant interest – in the form of contributions – from Shelby County.

    Elections largely are about fundraising and strategic spending, and in that race for U.S. Senator – a key national election that recent polls show a virtual tie – incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell is dominating fundraising in the state against Republican challenger Matt Bevin and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    But none of the three has generated much cash in Shelby.