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Elections

  • Vanishing signs of the political times

    Last week, Shelby County joined the ranks of communities across the nation in which residents have been discovering that political signs have been disappearing from their yards.

    Also, the thief – or thieves – appears to be bipartisan: Both Republican and Democratic signs have gone missing.

    Shelby County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker said she first heard talk during the weekend about signs being missing, presidential signs in particular.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Michael Hesse

    Michael Hesse, the former chairman of the Simpsonville Sewer Board, wants to continue serving the city by being elected to the Simpsonville City Commission.

    He is the lone newcomer seeking a seat on the 4-person panel. Commissioners are nonpartisan and are elected every 2 years, with the mayor serving 4 years.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

    Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Bob Andriot

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Republican Bob Andriot long has been heavily involved in Shelbyville and Shelby County through his businesses and volunteer work.

    Now that he’s downsizing from a home in the county to the apartment above his Bell House Restaurant on Main Street, Andriot is looking to use his business sense to help promote Shelbyville.

  • Shelby Democrats turn out in support of Adkins

    About 50 people turned out to meet with congressional candidate Bill Adkins on Thursday night at a Democratic fundraiser on Main Street.

    Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th District seat vacated by a 4-term Republican incumbent, Geoff Davis, who resigned in July after previously announcing he wouldn’t seek reelection. His opponent is Republican Thomas Massie.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Howard Roberts

    An automotive buyer in Pleasureville filed two weeks ago to run against four incumbents in the race for Pleasureville City Commission.

    Howard Lee Roberts, 61, who lives on Roberts Street in Pleasureville, said he is seeking a seat on the 4-member commission because he wants to make a difference.

    “I am a concerned citizen and would like to see accountability in any city government, and I feel it is not only my duty to vote, but also to get involved,” he said.

  • Election 2012: Lineup is set for November

    The deadline for filing for the non-partisan races for this November’s election passed Tuesday, and the full slate is now set.

    Following the presidential election between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District race between Democrat Bill Adkins and Republican Thomas Massie.

    After that, there are a few local elections with a lot of candidates on Nov. 6.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville election results to remain

    The Shelbyville City Council primary election results from May 22 will stand as is.

    On the night of the election, Democrat candidate Suzanne White said she was likely to ask for a recount after missing out on making the General Election by 11 votes. Incumbent Shane Suttor topped White, 465 to 454, for the final spot for the Democrats in the General Election. The entire election was very close, with only 99 votes separating White from the top vote-getter, Donna Eaton.

  • Election 2012: And now it’s on to Round 2 in November

    After having a higher voter turnout than expected in Shelby County – at 19 percent – political leaders in Shelby say they will soon be gearing up for the fall election.

    “We’ll start seeing some activity in the next couple of weeks because the state Democratic Convention is the first week in June,”  Shelby County Democratic Chair Fielding Ballard III said.

    “So I expect things will start hopping around that time.”

  • Turnout better than expected in 2012 Primary in Shelby County

    Voter turnout, or the lack of it, was a key issue in Kentucky’s Primary Election, but in Shelby County, the initial gloomy predications of 10 to 12 percent turned out to be a rosier 19 percent.

    “I have heard everything from the turnout is heavier than expected to the other extreme,” Shelby County Republican Chair Jennifer Decker said. “I heard that turnout was estimated to be around thirty-five percent in Simpsonville to a report that they only had a hundred or so people at the West Middle precinct by noon.”