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Elections

  • 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.

  • 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.