PRIMARY ELECTION 2018: Republicans aim to take District 6 Magistrate seat

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By Todd Martin

With longtime Magistrate Tony Carriss, a Democrat, stepping down, Republicans Coty Bain and Brock Lisby hope to take over the District 6 seat on the Shelby County Fiscal Court.


Primarily serving Waddy and Mt. Eden, District 6 rolls along KY 53 south of U.S. 60 and east along Interstate 64 to the county lines, and includes small pockets just west of Mt. Eden road south of Shelbyville and north of U.S. 60 and east of Boone Station Road along the Shelbyville lines.

And maybe surprisingly, it was Carriss that inspired Lisby to run.

“My family has always been active in helping make Shelby County Special,” he said. “My grandparents, Jay and Bessie Mae Carriss, owned Carriss’s Grocery and then passed the store to my parents June and Vivian Carriss. And watching my uncle [Tony Carriss] serve as magistrate for the past 28 years, how he listened to his neighbor’s concerns and used common sense solutions to address those concerns inspired me to run, and I want to help shape the next 20 years in Shelby County. Raising two girls in Shelby County has motivated me to keep our county, and the southeast corner and 6th District, safe, family friendly and economically vibrant while keeping its traditional rural character.”

Bain, a lifelong resident of the district, said he wants to maintain the area’s appeal.

“I think by being a business owner in town as well as a farmer out in the county and a lifelong resident of the 6th Distract, I understand from many different views the impacts and issues our county faces and how they can impact the citizens. And I hope to be able to keep the 6th District a great place to work and live. I think the most important thing is to be sure the tax payers dollar is being spent in the most efficient way possible while providing the proper roads and first responder services so that Shelby county continues to grow and be a desirable place to work and live.”

Both Bain and Lisby point to fiscal responsibility on the court and maintaining a financial efficiency as campaign goals.

“I hope to be able to meet and listen to the concerns of as many of the voters whom I don’t already know in the 6th district as I can, and hope that they find me as humble and easy to talk to as I always have been,” Bain said. He added his goals would include: good roads, common sense zoning, promoting growth in business and community while keeping farm land and rural areas, supporting first responders and spending tax payers money efficiently.

Lisby, too, supports our first responders, noting that too many are being lost to neighboring counties with better pay.

“We need to make Shelby County first responders pay competitive with Jefferson and Oldham counties, so that we can keep our great first responders,” he said.

He also noted several other goals, including: fiscal responsibility and no new taxes; supporting small business; maintaining the rural landscape; continued growth of the parks system; addition of fire hydrants; and high speed internet in rural areas.

Lisby also noted the biggest issue facing District 6, the Mt. Eden Road expansion project.

“We have to be proactive with our State Representative and State Senator in Frankfort to see the completion of this road improvement project,” he said.

The winner of the Republican Primary will face the winner of the Democrat Primary between Andrew “AJ” Barnett and Ashley Snider in the Nov. 6 General Election.