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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.

 

May 9, 2018

LAZER SPECIAL

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.

 


 



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