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Elections

  • State Auditor: Political veteran Edelen, newcomer Kemper vie

    On Nov. 8, two candidates will vie to replace outgoing Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen.

    Adam Edelen, the Democratic candidate, and John T. Kemper, III, the Republican candidate, will go head-to-head to see who will fill that vacancy.

     

    Adam Edelen

    At 36, Adam Edelen may be young, but he has had a lot of experience in both business and government.

  • ELECTION: Abramson renews Shelby acquaintances

    Jerry Abramson, former longtime mayor of Louisville, now running for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket, stopped in a couple of downtown businesses Monday in a meet-and-greet capacity.

    Abramson, accompanied by his wife, Madeline, and political director Chad Aull, visited with patrons in McKinley’s Deli and Fat Tony’s Restaurant around lunchtime.

    “It was wonderful to see him come in here; he was very well-received,” Teresa McKinley said.

    Fat Tony’s owner, Tony Almeida, echoed those sentiments.

  • Williams' visit to Shelby is all about jobs plan

    With the campaign for governor heading toward its final month, State Senate President David Williams, the Republican who wants the job, brought his platform for economic reform to the Stratton Center in Shelbyville early Tuesday morning.

    An enthusiastic crowd of maybe two dozen of mostly Shelby County Republican leaders – and one curious student – listened attentively as Williams described not only what he thought was wrong with the business environment in the state but also the way Gov. Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama were doing their jobs.

  • Election 2011: Focus now turns to the race for governor

    After a disappointing loss in his first statewide race, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is not planning a comeback anytime soon, instead concentrating on what he said he does best.
    “My plans are to provide one-hundred percent of my attention to Shelby County,” said Rothenburger, who lost the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner to state Rep. James Comer on Tuesday. “That’s my primary focus at this point.”

  • EARLIER: Primary Election 2011: Rob Rothenburger falls to James Comer in first statewide race

    After a vigorous go at his first statewide race, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is not too despondent at his defeat at the hands of state Rep. James R. Comer of Tompkinsville in the Republican primary for commissioner of agriculture.

  • Election 2011: Democratic rally built with pride

    The Shelby County Democratic Party welcomed nearly all the statewide candidates for next week’s primary election to town Wednesday for its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

    The Science Hill Inn dining room was near capacity with not much more than standing room left as 110 folks filed in to hear the Democratic candidates speak.

    “We were very, very pleased,” local party chair Fielding Ballard said. “It was actually even a little better than we expected.”

  • Election 2011: Rob Rothenburger’s 1st statewide run nears finish line

    Rob Rothenburger’s first foray into statewide politics hits its final days this weekend.
    Shelby County’s judge-executive, locked in the Republican primary for state commissioner of agriculture, presents the biggest draw for voters in what is expected to be a small turnout for Tuesday’s Primary Election.

  • Election 2011: Williams, Farmer plant themselves in Shelby

    The governor's race finally took a step into Shelby County on Monday

    Although all three Republican candidates have been campaigning for months – Democrat incumbent Steve Beshear is running unopposed and therefore doesn't have a primary election – Shelby County seems to have been largely ignored from the campaign trail even with the Primary Election less than two weeks away.

  • Republicans continue surge in registrations

    The official voter registration numbers for next month’s Primary Election are not yet available, but early reports indicate the migration of Democratic voters to the Republican rolls in Shelby County has continued.

    The most recent report received by Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry from the state board of elections, which is complete through March, showed there were 26,662 registered voters in Shelby County, with the Democrats’ hold as the dominating party down to little more than  4,000 registrants.

  • The Civil War in Shelby County

    Before the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago - on April 12, 1861 - it was already clear that Kentucky would play an important role in shaping both the Confederate and Union sides.

    A border state like no other, Kentucky's legislature struggled to choose a side, finally settling with the Union, much to the delight of President Abraham Lincoln, a native.