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May 22, 2018

Clerk's office will be open only for election business today, Jobe says...

Lazer will have all results after polls close tonight

LOUISA, KY. -- After months of campaigning and preparation, the big day for candidates in the 2018 primary election has finally arrived.

This year's election is unique in that there are at least four office holders running unopposed giving them an easy street to four more years at their positions. County Clerk Chris Jobe, PVA Chris Rose, County attorney Mike Hogan and Surveyor Cliff West have no opposition on the Primary ballot.

With the retirement of four term Sheriff Garrett Roberts, the race to become the county's top lawman has drawn strong candidates on both sides of the political fence and two term incumbent Judge/Executive John Osborne has a slew of opponents, even one from his own party. (SEE Sample Ballot HERE)

With the retirement of long time Coroner Mike Wilson, two GOP candidates and one Democrat could make for a close race in November and as always, the four magistrate's positions are well contested with a half dozen or so in each race, both Republican and democrat. 

Most of the 'politicking' has been in the form of road signs. Some last minute old time house-to-house canvassing took place over the weekend but not nearly as much as usual, maybe because of the number of unopposed candidates for major county offices.

The only non-partisan race on the Primary ballot is for Ky. Court of Appeals which has six candidates and the top two vote getters will square off in November for the position. The District Judge position left open with the retirement of Judge John Holbrook will be in November as well. 

One of the most anticipated races will be between GOP incumbent State Representative Jill York attempting to hold off a challenge from political newcomer Kathy Hinkle, a Democrat whose opponent in the Primary has dropped out of the race in favor of Hinkle. York faces Carter Co. educator Chuck Clark in the Primary and is favored to win the right to defend her position in November.

Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe expects a good turnout today with clear skies and lots of candidates. Polls opened at 6:00 am this morning and will close at 6:00pm but anyone standing in line at ^:00 will be allowed to vote.

"I Hope we have a good turnout," Jobe said. "The clerk's office will be doing election business only Tuesday. We will return to normal business Wednesday. If anyone has questions  concerning the election , we want them to feel free to contact our office."



May 17, 2018

Former judge/executive vows to work to recruit call center into county


LOUISA, Ky. -- As voters go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election for county offices, former County Judge/Executive Phil Carter, a Republican candidate this year, says he is ready to place a focus on jobs for Lawrence County.

"I'm ready to focus like a lazer-beam on bringing jobs into Lawrence County." Carter said.

"God has abundantly blessed us with so many advantages here including easy access to Interstate 64, plenty of good land, and a great workforce, but we must have leadership that is worthy of our people," said Carter.

Carter vowed to work to recruit a customer service call center to Lawrence County, similar to one that Congressman Hal Rogers helped bring to Somerset-Pulaski County in 2015.

Upon the Somerset call center's opening in 2015, Congressman Rogers said at the time, "We are thrilled that EOS USA is investing in our region and instilling confidence in our workforce to meet the needs for these tech-based jobs. With the implementation of high-speed, high-capacity broadband coming to our region, southern and eastern Kentucky will soon be able to accommodate any high-tech business in the county of their choice.”

The company that chose to locate in Somerset, Collecto Inc., doing business as EOS USA, provides accounts-receivable management and business-process outsourcing services. The company invested nearly $4 million in the project.

EOS established its call center in Somerset, leasing a 20,000-square-foot facility in the Valley Oak Technology Complex. The company chose Somerset for its economical operating costs and skilled workforce.

Carter said that he was confident that new leadership could mean new jobs for Lawrence County.

"What our county needs is experienced leadership with a real vision for Lawrence County, and that's what I hope to bring to the job with the voters' approval in 2018," Carter said.

"My vision for Lawrence County is one of good roads, good jobs, and real opportunities for our people," he said.


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May 1, 2018

Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe issued the Sample Ballot friday. he and members of his staff have been trained to apply new regulations since the Russian attack on the U.S. Election system in 2016.Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe issued the Sample Ballot friday. he and members of his staff have been trained to apply new regulations since the Russian attack on the U.S. Election system in 2016.Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe issued the official sample Ballot for the May 22, Primary election. You can also find more information on his website listed on the Lazer main page.