• ELECTION 2014, Constable District 1: Bobby Ivers

    Bobby Ivers has spent almost 30 years serving as a constable and bus driver and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

    But he will have to run in a new district. Ivers, the longtime District 3 constable, will run as a candidate for District 1 now because of redistricting, and his opponent is fellow incumbent constable James “Bud” Tingle.

    Ivers started as a constable to serve his neighbors and still enjoys doing it today.

  • ELECTION 2014: Family Court Judge: Susan Meschler

    A longtime Shelbyville attorney specializing in family law is making her second run for the seat of family court judge.

    Susan M. Meschler, 62, of Shelbyville, ran unsuccessfully in 2006.

    Meschler, along with Lawrenceburg attorney Marie Hellard, is challenging incumbent John David Myles, for the seat of family court judge in the 53rd Judicial District.

    Meschler, a Philadelphia native, said the position of family court judge holds a special significance to her because of her background in family law and because of her own personal views.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate: District 3: Tim Willard

    A longtime employee of Roll Forming Corporation is one of two Republican candidates vying for the open magisterial seat in District 3 being vacated by Magistrate Allen Ruble who is retiring.

    Tim Willard, a Shelby County native, is a master roll operator at Roll Forming, where he has worked for 37 years.

    He said he decided to run for magistrate at the request of Allen Ruble.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 2: Mark McCall

    A longtime farmer and recently retired Roll Forming employee is challenging incumbent Republican Magistrate Michael Riggs in District 2.

    Mark McCall, 55, of Simpsonville, said he is seeking his first term as magistrate because he wants to “be a voice for my district, Western Shelby County.”

    He said he has several issues he would like to see addressed in District 2, which includes Persimmon Ridge and Long Run.

  • ELECTION 2014: Sheriff: Steve Ladden

    A former police and security officer is one of three Republican candidates for sheriff that are vying to challenge incumbent Democrat Mike Armstrong for the seat.

    Steven Ladden, 54, a Colorado native, has lived in Shelbyville for 12 years, and cites a background in law enforcement in his native Colorado Springs as a positive.

    "I have over twenty years experience in security and law enforcement specializing in gangs, DUI and DRE enforcement, as well as community relations and fugitive retrieval," he said.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 7: Danny Eades

    Danny Eades, a product support team member at Process Machinery, is one of four candidates vying for the open seat in District 7 being vacated by retiring longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse.

    Eades, a Shelby County native who also operates a small family farm, said his motivation in running for office is to be a positive influence on the future of his community.

  • ELECTION 2014: Family Court Judge: Marie Hellard

    Lawrenceburg attorney Maire Hellard is looking to take a step up from her status as attorney and trial commissioner in Anderson County to that of family court judge.

    Hellard, along with Shelbyville attorney Susan Meschler, is challenging incumbent John David Myles, elected in 2007, for the seat of family court judge in the 53rd Judicial District.

    Family Court judge is a non-partisan seat, but with more than two candidates there will be a primary to determine the two who will face off in the General Election.

  • Former Shelbyville Police chief makes second run for sheriff

    A former Shelbyville Police chief with 20 plus years experience in law enforcement is making his second run for the office of Sheriff.

    Stewart Shirley is challenging incumbent Sheriff Mike Armstrong in this year’s election.

    Shirley, 51, a Republican, ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Armstrong in 2010, when Armstrong captured 60 percent of the vote.

  • ELECTION 2014: Shelby County Fiscal Court: Butler to run for magistrate

    After two terms on the Shelby County Board of Education, Doug Butler has decided to move on and enter the political ring as a candidate for the District 7 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    Longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse has decided not to run for re-election, and the seat has garnered a lot of attention with three other candidates also entering the race.

    Butler, a Republican who has served eight years on the school board, said this is his first time running for political office. While elected, school board positions are non-partisan.

  • Election 2104, State Senate: McCurdy ready to challenge for 20th District

    Gary “Tony” McCurdy says he’s tired of Kentucky’s lawmakers looking at the small picture and wants to see a more proactive approach.

    That led him to run against Ben Chandler in the 6th District U.S. Congress race in 2008.

    “There wasn’t a Republican running against him, and I knew he could be beaten,” he said. “So I decided to run.”

    Although he lost by about 2 percent, McCurdy, a conservative Republican, did get the itch to serve.