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October 31, 2012

National, state, county, city races on ballot

Oct. 31, 2012 —     If and when Carter County’s nearly 19,000 registered voters go to the polls in next Tuesday’s general election, they will face a conglomeration of races, including picking a congressman in two different congressional districts.

    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the county’s 26 precincts.

    The total number of eligible voters is 18,874, including 11,327 Democrats, 6,496 Republicans and 1,051 registered in the “other” category.

    Women voters outnumber men by a count of 9,757 to 9,116.

    The unusual congressional situation arose when U. S. Rep. Geoff Davis resigned earlier this year after his 4th Congressional District was realigned, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

    Carter voters will get to help pick someone to serve the last two months of Davis’ term in the 4th District and, at the same time, be voting in the 5th Congressional District race for a full-term.

    Running in the 4th are Republican Thomas Massie, Democrat Bill Adkins and independent David Lewis.

    Candidates in the 5th District are incumbent Republican Hal Rogers and Democrat Kenneth Stepp.

    Running for President and Vice President of the U.S., in addition to the Democratic ticket of Obama and Biden and the Republican duo of Romney and Ryan, are Stein and Honkala of the Green Party, Terry and Smith as independents and Johnson and Gray of the Libertarian Party.

    Running unopposed in the general election are State Rep. Jill York, Circuit Clerk Larry Thompson and Brandon Ison, who won the May primary for commonwealth’s attorney.

    Vying for an eight-year term on the Kentucky Supreme Court are incumbent Justice Will T. Scott and former Justice Janet Stumbo, now on the Court of Appeals.

    Tracey Joe Elliott is the only listed candidate for four positions as Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors.

    Two candidates are running unopposed for seats on the school board, including incumbent David Jessie in District 3 and newcomer Keila Rogers Bender in District 1.

    Incumbent Chris Patrick is opposed by Jeremy Rodgers in District 4.

    In City Council races, both Grayson and Olive Hill have nine candidates for six seats.

    Voters also will face a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee their right to hunt and fish in Kentucky.

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