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Elections

  • 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.

  • Farmer’s menu at luncheon: basketball, politics

    Builders and realtors who had lunch at Claudia Sanders on Tuesday were treated to more than just chicken.

    They listened to a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor – and outgoing agriculture commissioner – Richie Farmer talk about three topics near to the hearts of Kentuckians: basketball, farming and politics.

    Farmer talked a lot about the first subject, a little about the second, and only briefly touched upon the last in his address a meeting of  the Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Shelby County council.

  • Rothenburger’s campaign on the road

    Running for a state office means a hectic schedule that agriculture commissioner candidate Rob Rothenburger said keeps him constantly on the road, but he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “At this point, the only downside to the campaign is that I’m still the county judge and my number one priority is to Shelby County, and so I don’t get to travel around the state in the daytime,” he said. “That puts me at a little bit of a disadvantage, but I’m not complaining, because I love this county.”

  • Dea Riley: Old friend in new places

    Born in Louisville, raised in Shelby County and matured in Utah, Dea Riley has done a number of things in a number of places.

    But despite being a 1986 graduate of Shelby County, Riley isn't very well known around the county.

    That could change now that she is running for lieutenant governor, but before that, Riley made a name for herself as an aggressive marketer and woman of impact.

  • 2 express interest in Rothenburger's job

    The first official expression of interest in filling the potential opening for Shelby County judge-executive surfaced Monday, followed immediately by a second on Tuesday.

    Republican Michael Riggs, magistrate in District 2, told The Sentinel-NewsMonday he wants to make it known that if Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger should be elected commissioner of agriculture that he wants to be in the running to be his replacement.

  • Rothenburger trails opponent in cash race

    Shelby Countians have been very active on the political scene for the statewide primary elections coming up in May.

    With the filing deadline passing earlier this week, the candidates will no doubt start hitting the trail even harder to raise money and generate votes.

    So far it's no surprise that the bulk of the county's donations have gone to Rob Rothenburger, who is a Republican candidate for commissioner of agriculture candidate and Shelby County’s current judge-executive.

  • Hornback’s, Eaton's contributions increased

    Final campaign contribution reports for the November election were submitted this month, and there were some big changes in the final tallies for Shelby County's 20th District state Senate race.

    Republican Paul Hornback won the race for the seat and the fundraising total.

    For the 15 days before the election state campaign finance report, Hornback and Democrat challenger David Eaton were nearly neck-and-neck, with Hornback earning about $45,000 to Eaton's $43,000.