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Elections

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: William Adkins

    William Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.
    Adkins, 56, a Democrat, has been practicing law in Williamstown in Grant County.
    Other than what he calls “an unenergetic run for city council” in 2010 in Williamstown, Adkins has not run for political office.
    Despite this, he has been a member of the Grant County Democratic executive committee for 12 years and has chaired the committee from 2008 to present.

  • Election 2012: Republicans continue to gain in registration

    Shelby County picked up an extra 680 voters this year.

    The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 Primary Election passed Monday, and Democrats still hold a lead on Republicans in the county, but the margin is ever-shrinking.

    According to the latest report from County Clerk Sue Carole Perry’s office, Republicans have increased their total voters by 511 from last year to 10,855 this year. The Republican Party surpassed 10,000 registered voters for the first time in 2010.

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: Thomas Massie

    Thomas Massie is looking to trade his job as Lewis County judge-executive, a position he has held since 2010, for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.

    Massie, an engineer, inventor and farmer, is a Republican who lives on a cattle farm in Lewis County with his wife of 18 years, Rhonda, and their four children, ages 8, 11, 14 and 16.

  • Election 2012, Shelbyville City Council: Mike Zoeller

    Mike Zoeller wants the people of Shelbyville to know that the council is still hard at work and looking for ways to help fund the city’s services and future plans.

    “Up to just a few years ago we applied for and received state and federal grants to help improve and maintain some areas of the city,” he said. “Most of those grants are now gone, so we are working on new ways to obtain monies, for example a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) program that can help us greatly.”

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Norris Beckley

    Norris Beckley sat on the Shelbyville City Council for four years in the 1980s, and he’d like to get that seat back.
    Beckley, a Democrat who lives in Martinsville with his wife Teretha, has two sons Norris ‘Boomer’ Beckley Jr. and Richland.
    “I’m excited to give it a second shot,” he said, referring to coming up short in the 2010 election. “I’m really looking forward to going door-to-door and meeting people and getting my name out.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Donna Eaton

    Donna Eaton's house is devoted to local government in Shelby County.

    Eaton is the only woman on the Shelbyville City Council and currently is in her sixth year, and her husband, David Eaton, is a former council member and mayor of Shelbyville and now the city administrator for Simpsonville.

    Donna Eaton, a Democrat who serves on the fire, police and 911 committees, said the city's finances and improving the economy would continue to be major factors as the election comes up.

  • Shelby GOP: Santorum’s exit may hurt turnout

    Shelby County Republican leaders say it’s no surprise to them that presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum announced he is suspending his campaign.

    But as far what that will mean for Shelby Countians, the consensus is that it will hurt turnout at the Primary Election.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who recently had an unsuccessful run for agriculture commission on the Republican ticket, said Santorum’s dropping out pretty much puts a big dent in the 2012 Presidential Primary.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Alan Matthews

    With almost a decade on the Shelbyville City Council, Democrat Alan Matthews says he still enjoys serving the community.

    "I would like to continue serving on the council, showing leadership in decisions that make Shelbyville a great place to live, work and raise a family," he said.

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Matthews and his wife Rosetta live in Town and Country. Their son, Alex, is a senior at the University of Kentucky, and their daughter, Kate, works for the University of Louisville athletic department.

  • ELECTION 2012: Schumm says he has right experience

    LA GRANGE – A Crestwood resident is one of the last candidates to file for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Geoff Davis.
    Walt Schumm, a builder/developer and real estate agent, joins six other Republicans and two Democrats vying for the seat.
    Shelby County was moved into District 4 after the reapportionment approved two weeks ago by the General Assembly.
    Schumm is also the vice-chair of the Oldham County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 10 years.

  • ELECTION 2012: U.S. Congress District 4: Brian Oerther

    LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident is entering the race for the 4th District U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, 41, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County public Schools, is one of seven Republicans and two Democrats who have filed for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012. He said he wants to devote more time to his family.