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May 9, 2018

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Pike Circuit Family Judge Larry E. Thompson receives strong support in Lawrence and surrounding counties

Judge Larry E. Thompson has 22 years of judicial experience as a circuit and district court judge.  Judge Larry E. Thompson has 22 years of judicial experience as a circuit and district court judge.

As voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 22nd, one important race that should not be overlooked is the six-way contest for Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Seventh District, Division Two.

The top two vote getters on May 22nd will advance to the November General Election. The winner will serve through 2022 for the remaining portion of former Judge Janet Stumbo's term. Judge Stumbo resigned early to retire at the end of 2017.

Pike Circuit Family Court Judge Larry E. Thompson, one of the six candidates vying for the job, spend the entire day Tuesday campaigning in Lawrence County. All who interacted with him came away impressed, and many pledged their support for him in the upcoming election.

The counties in orange comprise the Seventh Appellate District. The counties in orange comprise the Seventh Appellate District. As the only candidate in the race who has made a career out of being a judge, Thompson is easily the most experienced candidate in the field.

Judge Thompson began his judicial service in 1995, when he was appointed Pike District Judge. Four years later, Judge Thompson moved up to the circuit bench when he was overwhelmingly elected Pike Family Court Circuit Judge in 1999. He has been unopposed in all subsequent elections for the office he currently holds. Judge Thompson is one of the longest serving family court judges in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

"Throughout my 22 years as a judge, I have tried to treat everyone who has appeared in my court fairly and equally, and I have attempted to administer one of Kentucky's busiest caseloads with efficiency and dedication," Thompson said.

Thompson is a 1974 graduate of Belfry High School in Pike County. He received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and his law degree from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Presently, Judge Thompson is the Chief Circuit Judge of Pike County, and is a former president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association as well as the West Virginia Bar Association.

Judge Thompson and his wife, Kelli, have enjoyed campaigning in all 22 counties in the district. Judge Thompson and his wife, Kelli, have enjoyed campaigning in all 22 counties in the district.

Judge Thompson resides in Pikeville, with his wife, Kelli. He has a daughter, Larrin Thompson, and a stepdaughter, Taryn Cantrell.

Earlier in the spring, Thompson made good on a pledge he made when he announced his candidacy that he would visit all 22 counties in the Seventh Appellate District.

"I've been to every county at least once and most many more times than that, and I look forward to keep coming back because I never get tired of getting out amongst my fellow Eastern Kentuckians," Thompson.

Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan said he had practiced before Thompson in the Pike Circuit Family Court and that no judge in Kentucky was more respected or devoted to fairness.

"Judge Larry Thompson is as good a judge as we have on the bench in Kentucky and we need to elevate him to the Court of Appeals," Hogan said.

"It will be a great honor to serve on the Court of Appeals if the people see fit to put me there, and I will devote my full energies to the job," said Thompson.

 

March 16, 2018

WEBBVILLE Speakin crowdWEBBVILLE Speakin crowd

JUDGE-EXECUTIVE Democrat candidate Terry Webb listened carefully while candidates told voters why they should vote for them in the May 22 Primary election during a Meet The Candidates event at Webbville Saturday. JUDGE-EXECUTIVE Democrat candidate Terry Webb listened carefully while candidates told voters why they should vote for them in the May 22 Primary election during a Meet The Candidates event at Webbville Saturday.

The Webbville Vol. Fire department hosted a “Meet the Candidates “ Saturday afternoon May 12, 2018. There was a hot dog meal and a homemade cake raffle.

Some of the cakes sold for over $100. 

Each candidate got two minutes to tell a little about themselves and why they should be elected. Most of the reasons were they bring more jobs and increased revenue for the county.

Some touted their youth while others their experience. There was a good turnout and this reporter hopes they have one more of these events before Election Day.

(Several county-wide candidates showed up for the event but several did not. This has been an unusually quiet election with candidates preferring to put up signs along the roads. Only two candidates have stopped by for a personal visit or left cards, Mark Wheeler and Coleen Stone. --Editor)

 Here are some candidate spottings. 

Dist. 1 magistrate candidate George WilliamsDist. 1 magistrate candidate George Williams Republican Judge/Executive candidate Charlie France II Republican Judge/Executive candidate Charlie France II  Dist. 1 magistrate candidate Democrat Morris HowardDist. 1 magistrate candidate Democrat Morris Howard Candidate Virgil FergusonCandidate Virgil FergusonLawrence incumbent Judge/Exec. John Osborne captured the interest of the crowd in his "two minutes" Lawrence incumbent Judge/Exec. John Osborne captured the interest of the crowd in his "two minutes" Democrat State Rep. candidate Kathy Hinkle, left, and incumbent Jill York  are expected to square off in a barn burner in November if three time legislator York gets by Primary challenger Chuck Clark, a Carter Co. educator.Democrat State Rep. candidate Kathy Hinkle, left, and incumbent Jill York are expected to square off in a barn burner in November if three time legislator York gets by Primary challenger Chuck Clark, a Carter Co. educator.

 

See you at the polls!

 

May 18, 2018

Grimes predicts 30 percent turnout for Tuesday primary; highest since 2010

Kentucky Press News Service

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is projecting a turnout of 30 percent or less of the 3.3 million people registered to vote in next week's Primary Election.

"Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls," KY. SOS Allison Grimes said."Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls," KY. SOS Allison Grimes said.Even though a 30 percent turnout sounds low, it would represent the highest participation in a Kentucky Primary Election in nearly a decade. Approximately 32 percent of Kentuckians voted in the 2010 midterm Primary Election, a news release from Grimes said.

"Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls," Grimes said. "We have witnessed dismal levels of participation in the last few years – 20 percent in 2016, a presidential election, and only 12 percent in the last Governor's race in 2015. This year, I think we could see the number of Kentuckians going to the polls improving."

Grimes said she tracks absentee ballot totals as an indicator of final turnout on Election Day. According to current statistics, Grimes projects turnout for the May 22 Primary Election will be about par with the midterm elections of 2014 and 2010 when 26.8 percent and 32.2 percent of Kentuckians voted, respectively.

As of Monday, nearly 25,000 voters had voted in person on machines in county clerks’ offices and approximately 12,000 mail-in absentee ballots were sent to voters who had requested them.

DO'S AND DON'TS FOR ELECTION DAY 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2018) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding voters of Election Day "Do’s and Don’ts" in advance of Kentucky’s election on May 22.



"This is a major midterm election year with races up and down the ballot from the federal to the local level," said Grimes. "These tips will help voters get prepared and to help our elections run smoothly."

· DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available GoVoteKY.com, Kentucky’s one-stop voter portal.


· DO know where you vote. You can find the address of and driving directions to your polling location through GoVoteKY.com.


· DO know the most convenient times to vote. Polls tend to be busiest during the morning and evening rush hours and at lunchtime.


· DO bring appropriate identification to your polling location. You must either be known by a precinct officer or produce a driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or other form of identification that contains both a picture and signature in order to cast a ballot.


· DON’T wait until the last minute to head to the polls or be discouraged by long lines. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. local time on May 22, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.


· DON’T record the identity of other voters in the voting room, including through the use of cameras and cell phones.


· DO ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting machine or other procedural questions if you are confused about the voting process.


· DO let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.


· DON’T forget to thank your poll workers. It takes 15,000 to run an election, and the process would not be possible without them. They deserve our appreciation.


· DO remind your friends and family to vote. Our democratic society is at its best when all eligible voters participate in elections.


· DON’T forget that you can obtain election results by visiting GoVoteKY.com.

 

 



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