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  • If your Christmas shopping list still contains a few stubborn names at this 11th hour, it is probably because these friends or family members are tough to choose for.

    They may either have everything or be a bit picky, leaving you, the well-intentioned giver, with the challenge of coming up with a creative gift they'll enjoy.

  • Republican Tim Willard has filed to run for constable in District 2, which encompasses Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point, Long Run Road and Simpsonville.

    Willard has worked at Roll Forming for 32 years, where he is a master roll operator.

    He is a former volunteer fire fighter of nine years, an EMT of eight years and former special deputy sheriff for one year.

  • Maurice M. Sweeney says he's a farmer and businessman, not a politician.

    But this Jefferson County resident with long ties to Shelby County has announced he's running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning in the 2010 elections.

    Sweeney, a Democrat, said growing up on a 324-acre farm with tobacco and cattle just outside the Shelby County border meant he's done a lot of business in the county over the years.

    Now he wants to use what he learned on that farm to serve Kentuckians.

  • Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said her love for her hometown, and her concern for her neighbors has prompted her to run for office 32 years ago.

     

    Now she's been in office longer than any of the elected officials today.

    Under the leadership of Sue Carole Perry, the County Clerk's office was the first in the county to be computerized.

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  • Magistrate Michael Riggs, a Republican, has filed for re-election to a third term representing District 2, which includes most of western Shelby County.

    Riggs said he is proud of the great strides that Shelby County government has made during the two terms he has served.

  • Donna Eaton has filed to run for a third term on the Shelbyville City Council.

    Eaton, currently the only woman on the council, said in a prepared statement that she has never voted for a tax increase on city citizens, and she wants to continue that record.

    “My major goal for the future, if re-elected, is to continue to keep taxes low on working families,” she said.

  • Greg Jacobs said he had no intention of writing a book.

    But when he sat down at his computer this summer, his story poured out in 17 days.

    When Jacobs was finished, he had what he called a Christian-living book about the "knocks and bruises" he has experienced. He called it To be Continued...An Ordinary Man on an Extraordinary Journey.

    He self-published through Xulon Press in October and will be at the Shelby County Public Library for a book signing Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Democrat Eddie Kingsolver has filed to run once again for magistrate in District 5.

    Kingsolver sought the same position in May 2006 and lost the Democratic primary to Betty Curtsinger by a scant 15 votes. Curtsinger currently serves the district.

  • As the acting State Auditor, Crit Luallen said she knows a thing or two about "values."

    "That's a word that gets thrown around casually in politics too often," she said. "But if there's one key lesson that I've learned in my long career, it's that having strong personal values and holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards that determines success in the public arena."

  • Republican David Glauber of Bullitt County filed Friday to run for the 20th district state senate seat being vacated in 2010 by incumbent Gary Tapp.

    Tapp announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election and endorsed Shelby County farmer Paul Hornback to succeed him in a district that encompasses Shelby, Bullitt and Spencer Counties.

    Glauber, a member of the Appraisal Institute, is a Carroll County native who moved to Bullitt County in 1993. This election is his first time running for office.

  • Shelby County agriculture leader Paul Hornback is seeking the state senate seat in District 20, which will be vacated by incumbent State Sen. Gary Tapp.

    Tapp, a Republican from Shelbyville, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election after serving 12 years in the district. In his announcement, he endorsed Hornback to be the Republican nominee in 2010.

  • Republican Allen Ruble has filed to run for a third term as Shelby County’s magistrate in District 3.

    Ruble’s district lies in the northern portion of Shelby County and includes parts of the perimeter of Shelbyville, such as Middleton Heights and Town & Country. Nearly all of the future Shelbyville Bypass lies within District 3.

  • A Shelbyille resident, Harold W. Sutton, has filed to run for constable.

    Sutton filed Nov. 9 to run for constable in District 7, a seat he has held for 7 years.

    Sutton, a democrat, is originally from Washington County. He moved to Shelbyville in 1960.

    He has been in the real estate auctioneering business. He and his wife, Jane, have a daughter, “M-ie,” and three grandchildren, Logan Shields, Clayton Sloan and Dee Sloan.

  • Magistrate Hubert Pollett has filed to run for re-election in Shelby County's District 1.

    Pollett, who was unopposed in the last magisterial election, is currently in his second term.

    Pollett is a Shelby County native who retired last year as a coach and educator at Shelby County High School.

  • After 34 years serving the citizens of Shelby County in one form or another, David Eaton said he is hoping for a new position to serve from: State Senator.

    Simpsonville's City Administrator is throwing his name into consideration for a 20th district state Senate seat that Sen. Gary Tapp is vacating in 2010.

  • Donnie Bruner of Bagdad is running for a second term for constable in District 4, which includes Bagdad, Cropper and Boone Station.

    Bruner, a Democrat, has been the constable in District 4 since 2006.

    He said he is running for a second term as constable because he enjoys helping people.

    "I help out with being a backup for the deputies, and also a big thing with me is that I help EMS find addresses at night," he said.

  • State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is seeking his fifth term in the 58th District, which includes Shelby and Spencer counties.

    At last week’s monthly meeting of the Shelby County Republican Party, Montell reminisced about his beginnings in his current seat.

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