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Elections

  • Shelby County school board candidates establish their positions

    Candidates in head-to-head races for two contests seats on the Shelby County School Board stated firmly their concerns about the board’s practices and their commitments to education in Shelby County on Monday night, during the 2012 SCOPE/Sentinel-NewsCandidate Forum at Stratton Center.

    But clearly there were challenges from newcomers Karen Sams in District 2 and Kurt Smith in District 5 that the board has not been getting desired results from students while expanding costs and raising taxes.

  • Shelbyville, Simpsonville candidates explain their views

    About 75 people gathered at the Stratton Center on Monday night to hear candidates for three offices answer questions about their platforms.

    Reggie Van Stockum, president of Scope (Shelby County Organization for Preservation and Enhancement, Inc.), the entity that co-hosted the event with , introduced candidates for Shelbyville City Council, Simpsonville City Commission and the Shelby County Board of Education, who were questioned by Sentinel-NewsEditor Steve Doyle.

  • Election: Candidate Forum: Simpsonville City Commission

    Simpsonville City Commission

    Candidates present: Michael Hesse.

    Candidates absent: Sharon Cummins (i), Scott McDowell (i), Cary Vowels (i), Vicky Wise (i).

    i: incumbent.

    1 question with response, then 2 minutes for a statement

     

    Scott McDowell could not attend because he was working in Florida, and Vicky Wise had cited a previous commitment. Sharon Cummins and Cary vowels had indicated they would attend.

  • Election 2012: Candidate Forum: Board of Education

    Candidates: District 2, Sam Hinkle (i), Karen Sams; District 5, Brenda Jackson (i), Kurt Smith.

    i: incumbent.

    Each candidate received two questions, with his or her opponent allowed to rebut. There was one question for all four.

    Sam Hinkle has been very outspoken about focusing on quality educational standards, and asked him if he thought the school system was doing all it could in that regard, and if not, why not?

  • Election 2012: Candidate forum: Shelbyville City Council

    Candidates in attendance: Norris Beckley (D), Stephen Cohn (R), Donna Eaton (D-i), Frank Page (R-i), Nathan Riggs (D), Shane Suttor (D-i), Jon Swindler (R-i), Mike Zoeller (D-i).

    Absent because of medical issues: Bob Andriot (R), Alan Matthews (D-i).

    D: Democrat; R-Republican; i-Incumbent

     

    Candidates each had two minutes to respond to questions, and those running for Shelbyville City Council went first, headed up alphabetically by Norris Beckley.

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Karen Sams

    Karen Sams said she looks at the Shelby County Board of Education and sees a lack of efficiency.

    “The biggest issue facing our school system today is how to provide quality education efficiently,” she said. “I feel this is a shortfall with our current school board, and I chose to run to ensure that change will do us a good.”

    That’s why Sams has again entered the race for the school board’s 2nd District. She ran against incumbent Sam Hinkle in 2008 and lost by 17 votes.

  • Election 2012:Soil board’s mission is to help farmers

    When you go to the polls on Nov. 6 and see seven names seeking four spots on something called the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Shelby County, you might be wondering exactly what you are electing these people to do.

    Of all the agencies and taxing districts in the county – such as fire districts, solid waste, the library – why would you have to vote on people who seem to be in charge of dirt?

  • Candidates meet at forum Monday

    An election year tradition returns to the campaign trail on Monday night when the Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum.

    The questioning of candidates in key races will be at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

  • Burry withdraws from Shelbyville City Council race

    Bob Burry said Friday that he is removing his name from the race for Shelbyville City Council because of illnesses in his family.

    Burry, a Republican who was attempting his second run for city council, said it just wasn’t fair to the city or the other candidates to stay in the race.

    “I can’t emotionally do this [run for the council],” he said. “I don’t want to draw votes that would go to someone else. It wouldn’t be fair to the voters or the other candidates.”

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Kurt Smith

    Kurt Smith is taking his first shot at public office as a candidate for the Shelby County Board of Education, District 5, and he said his biggest goal is retention.