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Elections

  • Election 2014: Magistrate Whitehouse won’t seek 7th term

    Longtime Shelby County Magistrate Mike Whitehouse formally announced what had been expected: He won’t seek a seventh term.

    Whitehouse, a Democrat who has served for 27 years as magistrate in District 7, which is in the Finchville area, said his decision was prompted by increased obligations to his local UAW union at Martinrea Heavy Stamping, of which he was recently named president.

  • 2014 candidates: Primary: May 20

    U.S. Senator: Mitch McConnell (R), Matt Bevin (R), Gurley Martin (R), Alison Grimes (D)

    U.S. House District 4: Thomas Massie (R)

    State Senate District 20: No filings

    State House District 58:Brad Montell (R)

    State Supreme Court District 6:Michelle Keller

    Appellate District 6: Alison Jones, Joy A. Moore, Justin Sanders

    Circuit Judge District 53 (nonpartisan):Charles Hickman

  • ELECTION 2014: Massie files for re-election

    Thomas Massie, a Tea Party-backed Republican who was active along and against party lines during his first term in Congress, wants to return for a second term as U.S. representative in Kentucky’s 4th District, which includes Shelby County.

    Massie, who took over the district in 2012 when Republican Geoff Davis abruptly resigned, filed Friday to run for re-election. In 2012, he defeated six Republicans in the primary and routed Democrat Bill Adkins by 27 points in the General Election.

  • Election 2014: Grimes’ pitch to Shelby, repeat history

    In her first Shelbyville stop as a candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes told a small crowd of Democrats that she hoped to help Shelby County make history again.

    “Shelby County has made history before, right here in Bagdad [in reference to Martha Layne Collins’ being the state’s first woman governor], and with their help, we’re poised and ready to do it again,” she said in a brief question-and-answer session Tuesday after the private fundraiser at Talon Winery.

  • ELECTION 2014:State House of Representatives: Brad Montell

    Republican Brad Montell has announced his intent to seek a 7th term in District 58 for the Kentucky House of Representatives, a newly drawn district that that serves solely Shelby County.

    Montell, a financial advisor who owns and operates Montell Investments in Shelbyville, was elected in 2003 to serve the 58th district, a seat he has held continuously.

    Montell currently serves on five House committees: Banking and Insurance, State Government, Finance and Public Protection, and Licensing and Occupations.

  • ELECTION 2014: Court of Appeals: Allison Jones

    Only since July Allison Jones has been sitting on the bench for the 6th Appellate District, Division 1 of the state Court of Appeals, but she already is out campaigning to keep that job.

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Jones, 38, a resident of Oldham County, to fulfill the unexpired term of Justice Michelle M. Keller, who in April had moved up to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • ELECTION 2014: Slow start in Shelby in filings for many big races

    The 2014 election slate includes nearly every office locally and statewide, but that lineup is going to take a while to shape up.

    Wednesday was the first day that candidates could file papers to declare their candidacy to run for office, and Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said it was pretty quiet in her office.

    “We’ve only had four so far,” she said late Wednesday afternoon, not long before the office closed at 4:30 p.m.

  • ELECTION 2014: Family Court Judge: John David Myles

    Circuit Judge John David Myles filed papers Wednesday with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office to seek a second term in the Family Court Division in the 53rd Judicial Circuit representing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties. 

    Myles was elected in November 2008 as the circuit’s first family court judge.

  • Election 2014: Many incumbents sitting on go

    Shelby County election officials say they expect today’s first formal day to file to run in 2014 to go pretty much as it has in the past, with many people already in office expected to file for re-election.

     “Only one person beside incumbents has picked up paperwork so far, but I expect many of our incumbents will be ready today,” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said.

  • Few show to meet, greet legislators

    A steady, chilly rain kept many people indoors Saturday, and a few dozen people who visited the Shelby County Public Library that morning drifted over to talk to Shelby County’s legislators who were on hand just for that purpose.

    "This is Friends of the Library Week, so we have this meet-and-greet as an opportunity to highlight the Friends and the needs of the library throughout the whole state," said Pam Federspiel, the facility’s executive director.