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Elections

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Brenda Jackson

    With 24 years served on the Shelby County Board of Education, Brenda Jackson certainly has more experience than anyone associated with the board, but she said she still sees more and more room for growth in the district’s abilities and expectations.

  • Amendment would guarantee you can always hunt and fish

    If voters are still be deciding between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or which of the 10 Shelbyville City Council candidates to choose on Nov. 6, they might also be surprised to see a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

    And the amendment might strike them as odd, as well.

    It seems the proposed Personal Right To Hunt and Fish amendment was quietly passed through the state House and Senate, right to the ballot for voters to decide.

    “There was really no debate at all, that I recall,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Stephen Cohn

    Stephen Cohn said he has three reasons for entering into the political arena for the first time: his wife and two children.

    “I am running for Shelbyville City Council because I care about the future of our city for my children and all the residents that call Shelbyville home,” said Cohn, one of five Republicans among 11 candidates vying for six council seats. “I would like to see my children grow up in a safe, secure and thriving city that can provide a great place to live, work and play.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Prime subjects: Finances vs. performance

    As voters enter the polls on Nov. 6 for the District 2 and District 5 Shelby County Board of Education races their choices will come down to two main issues: taxes and student achievement.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle (District 2) and Brenda Jackson (District 5) have responded to claims of board over-spending and alleged unnecessary tax increases, but both have focused more on increasing student achievement as their main goals.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Sam Hinkle

    Running for his fourth term on the Shelby County Board of Education, Sam Hinkle has a focus on one thing: achievement.

    Hinkle, who for 12 years has served District 2, said “Academic achievement for all students” is the biggest issue facing the board.

    He points to three programs as the board’s biggest achievements in his time — all-day kindergarten, the accelerated academies at both high schools and summer school for those needing extra help in reading — and all three are focused on achievement.

  • Election 2012: Soil Conservation Board

    There are seven candidates vying for four positions on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Board in Shelby County, commonly referred to as the soil and water conservation board.

    These positions are seldom brought to a vote, as board members are elected on alternating 2-year cycles. This year there are four vacancies, and in 2014, there will be three.

    Incumbents this year are Tom Flowers, Scott Stalker and Joe Trumbo.

     

    Betty Curtsinger

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Crowded slate largest in decades

    Voters in Shelbyville will have more choices this year than maybe ever when they fill out the ballot on Nov. 6 for the Shelbyville City Council race.

    In May, for the first time since 1998, there was a Democratic primary, with seven candidates vying for six spots, and now for the November election five Republicans are added to the list, more than any election in at least 20 years.

    And that includes all six sitting council members.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Cary Vowels

    Cary Vowels who has survived at least one rocky election to be a Simpsonville city commissioner for 10 years, wants to give the job two more years.

    Vowels filed for re-election to the commission, where he has overseen the finance and parks committees.

    Vowels is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which he was elected in 2002. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • Vanishing signs of the political times

    Last week, Shelby County joined the ranks of communities across the nation in which residents have been discovering that political signs have been disappearing from their yards.

    Also, the thief – or thieves – appears to be bipartisan: Both Republican and Democratic signs have gone missing.

    Shelby County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker said she first heard talk during the weekend about signs being missing, presidential signs in particular.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Michael Hesse

    Michael Hesse, the former chairman of the Simpsonville Sewer Board, wants to continue serving the city by being elected to the Simpsonville City Commission.

    He is the lone newcomer seeking a seat on the 4-person panel. Commissioners are nonpartisan and are elected every 2 years, with the mayor serving 4 years.