Harper expects good turnout for Election Day


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper is expecting to have a big turnout for Tuesday’s general election and wants to see as many Logan Countians as possible come out to the polls.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes estimated this week that around 60 percent of Kentucky’s registered voters will cast their ballots and Harper said he expects Logan County to be more or less in line with that.

“I think we will probably be in line with what we saw during the 2012 presidential election when we were around 55 percent,” Harper said. “I expect we will somewhere between 55 and 60 percent turnout.”

Harper would like to see even more people come out and vote than that, however.

“I would love to see us get 80 or 90 percent turnout,” Harper said. “We always plan for and are ready for 100 percent turnout, so we could handle that.”

The race for president between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is the highest profile race on the ballot. They will not be alone either. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Evan McMullin and Rocky Roque also appear on the Kentucky ballot for President of the United States. There are also some 23 official write-in candidates who have registered as well.

But there are also several other national races, including U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

In the senate race, incumbent Republican Rand Paul is being challenged by Democrat Jim Gray, who serves as the mayor of Lexington. In the District 1 Representative race, which includes Logan County, former state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is running as a republican against Democrat Sam Gaskins.

Locally, the most heated race is that for 16th District state representative, which has incumbent Democrat Martha Jane King once against facing off against Jason Petrie. Two years ago Petrie ran unsuccessfully as an independent against King, but this time he is on the ballot the Republican nominee.

There are two contested city council races on the ballot this year.

In Russellville, all six sitting council members, Sandra Kinser, Jack Whipple, Darlene Gooch, Pat Bell, Larry Wilcutt and Jimmy Davenport are on the ballot, along with Albert Head. Also, Lora Murphy has filed to run as a write-in candidate.

In Adairville the top six votegetters among Becky Tinch, Danny Finch, Tabitha Stephens, Bill Steen, Amy Trimble Williams, Derrick Scott and Johnny Joyce will make up the new council. Mayor Donna Blake is running unopposed.

In Auburn, current mayor Mike Hughes is being challenged on the ballot by Maxie Rittenberry. There are only four registered to run for the six-person city council. Those are Bobby Price, Steven Montgomery, Rex Evans and Claude Tisdale. Two others will have to be appointed to the council.

In Lewisburg, three people are on the ballot for city council: Jason Rolley, Jason Harper and Teddy Harper. Three others have registered as official write-in candidates. They are Scott Sweetsir, Carole Moore and Susan Meyer.

Three Logan County school board seats are up for reelection. In district 3, Phillip Baker is unopposed. Johnny Dawson is unopposed in district 5 after Ethan Holloway withdrew. Holloway will still appear on the ballot, but votes cast for him will not count. The lone contested race is in district 4 between Teresa Hendrix and Ralph Cropper.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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