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Elections

  • 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.

  • ELECTION 2012: 6 Republicans vying for Congress visit Shelby

    Just one day after the deadline for filing for the race for Shelby County’s new congressional district, six of the seven Republicans who want to serve in the in the 4th District showed up Saturday night for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.
    Three of the five Republicans running for Shelbyville City Council also were on hand among a crowd of about 200 who munched on a buffet dinner and perspectives at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • Election 2012: Donnell unopposed for 2nd term

    Laura Donnell will be the commonwealth attorney for Judicial District 53 – including Shelby County – for another six years.

    Donnell, a Republican, was the only person to file for that office by the deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    She joins Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, another Republican, who will be unopposed because no other candidate had taken and passed the test to be circuit court clerk.

  • Election 2012: Montell files to run for 6th term

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) will seek his sixth term serving the 58th District.

    Montell filed Monday in Frankfort with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to run for re-election.

    He so far is unopposed.

    "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 58th district in Frankfort,” Montell said in his announcement.

  • Election 2012: Montell files to run for 6th term

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) will seek his sixth term serving the 58th District.

    Montell filed Monday in Frankfort with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to run for re-election.

    He so far is unopposed.

    "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 58th district in Frankfort,” Montell said in his announcement.

  • EARLIER: Redistricting plan leaves Shelby whole

    The redistricting plan that was passed by the state House of Representatives on Thursday leaves Shelby County as its own district – but adds to it on the north.

    House Bill 1, powered by the majority Democrats, passed by a vote of 63-34 at about 4:30 p.m, calling for a split of 28 counties and requiring face-off elections among 11 seated representatives.

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said the plan was passed out of committee on Wednesday and that it calls for him to lose his Spencer County voters and gain a portion of Oldham County.

  • Election 2012: Miller is uncontested for circuit court clerk

    Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller said he is enjoying his uncontested status for the coming election.

    “It feels great,” said Miller, a Republican who was elected in 2010 to fulfill the term of Kathy Nichols, who retired. “I really enjoyed campaigning last time, meeting so many new people and seeing others I hadn’t seen in years, but I have to tell you that being uncontested feels great.

    “But I’m kind of still holding my breath, until the filing deadline is passed.”