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Elections

  • 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.

  • Election 2014: State Senator: Hornback seeking return to Frankfort

    Paul Hornback has spent the past four years figuring out how to work around and fix inefficiencies in Frankfort, and he said he believes he’s just getting started.

    That’s why the Republican incumbent has filed for a second term as the state senator for District 20, which includes Shelby, Henry, Carroll and Trimble counties along with a small portion of the east end of Jefferson County.

  • Only a few days to file for 2014 elections

    With the deadline to file for the 2014 election quickly approaching, only a few new candidates have emerged and a few positions remain unopposed.

    The last day to file in most races is Tuesday, but candidates in the non-partisan Shelby County Board of Education, Simpsonville City Commission and Soil and Conservation Board races don’t have to file until August.

  • State budget will headline some recurring issues

    The 2014 Kentucky legislative session begins Tuesday, and although 137 bills already have been filed, some familiar story lines figure to be developed during this 60-day session.

    In extended, even-numbered years, the longer session always seems to be headlined by the setting of the state budget, but state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he foresees that there also will be time for those old familiars: gambling, health care, educational and state pension reform.

  • Top issues for session

    State pension