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Elections

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Diane Perry

    Diane Perry, an incumbent on the Pleasureville City Commission, is seeking her second term.

    Actually, Perry said, she has served a term and a half. She was appointed to finish the term of commissioner Gary Grigsby, who moved out of the district, and then she was elected the following term.

    Perry, 59, lives on the Shelby County side of Pleasureville. Originally from Spencer County, she has lived in Pleasureville for 23 years. She is bookkeeper at Rodney Perry Automotive in Pleasureville, a business she co-owns with her husband.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: R. L. Wilson

    Incumbent Pleasureville City Commissioner R.L. Wilson is seeking re-election in November.

    Wilson, 67, is a Henry County resident of 19 years. He is a retired state employee, having worked as a special equipment operator in Shelby County and New Castle.

    A commissioner of 15 years, Wilson said what keeps him coming back to serve on the commission is a desire to improve his community.

    “I am just doing what I think is right for the people of Pleasureville,” he said.

  • Election 2012: Presidential question gets very quiet answer

    Ever wonder what the people of Shelby County think about the presidential candidates and how the race will go?

    Don’t try to Google it. You won’t find an official poll.

    Better, you can just wander into some of the county’s cafes and small country stores, where people – well, men – gather to drink coffee in the mornings, and you’ll find out – or maybe you won’t.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Shawn Mertz

    Incumbent Shawn Mertz is seeking a second term on the Pleasureville City Commission.

    He faces four opponents – including his three fellow incumbents – for the four seats in a non-partisan race.

    A Henry County resident, Mertz, 26, is a member of the Franklin County Fire Department.

    He lives on Hill Spring Road with his wife, Kristen, and their infant daughter, Caylee.

    He is an Army veteran who was elected for his first term on the commission 2 years ago.

  • Election 2012: Adkins, Massie hope to stop in Shelby

    Fourth-congressional districts candidates have been hitting the campaign trail hard lately, and both say they plan to include Shelby County in some of those visits before Nov. 6.

    Democrat Bill Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, and Republican Thomas Massie, former Lewis County judge-executive, attended several events in Shelby while campaigning during the May Primary, and during the summer have appeared at several functions, both politically oriented as well as social events, such as the Shelbyville Horse Show.

  • Roberts withdraws from Pleasureville race

    Citing uncertainty about whether he met the residency requirements to run for the Pleasureville City Commission, Howard Roberts announced Wednesday that he was withdrawing from what had been a 6-person field.

    Roberts, a former Eminence city council member, had moved to Pleasureville last in 2011. He was the last to file to run on Nov. 6.

    “But I got to thinking about it, and I couldn’t say for absolute certainty that I had established my residency in Pleasureville by November 6th [which was the deadline],” Roberts said.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Scott McDowell

    Scott McDowell’s family is woven for several generations into the fabric of Simpsonville, and he says he wants to continue to serve the city he always has known as home.

    McDowell, 50, has filed to serve a sixth term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    He faces his three other incumbents – Sharon Cummins, Cary Vowels and Vicky Wise – and newcomer Michael Hesse in a race for the four seats.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Frank Page

    After winning a seat on the Shelbyville City Council two years ago in his first attempt, Frank Page is running again.

    Page, 44, was first elected to the council in 2010 and is one of five Republicans who will be on the ballot in November.

    Seven Democrats will compete in the May Primary for six spots to oppose them.

    From the 11 nominated, six will be chosen for the council. All six incumbents are seeking re-election.

  • 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.