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Races getting hot with two weeks to go;

Democrats take first shot in State rep's race...

I was so surprised when I got this that I spilled my coffee on it. if you can't read the bottom line, it says Paid for by Kentuckians for Economic Development, Louisville, Ky.I was so surprised when I got this that I spilled my coffee on it. if you can't read the bottom line, it says Paid for by Kentuckians for Economic Development, Louisville, Ky.


LOUISA, Ky. -- When I got my mail Saturday I found an interesting piece of junk mail in the mix that was not so flattering to State Rep. candidate Jill York (R-Grayson) and it sort of surprised me.

Most years candidates take shots at their opponents from time to time to let voters know why they shouldn't vote for them. For example, I don't know if I can take two more weeks of the Mitch-Allison battle that has been no holds barred for several weeks not to mention the WV ads where they beat each other up about who is or is not the best for the coal business. (See Facts vs. Myths about coal HERE)

But in Lawrence County there has been very little "anti" campaigning. The hottest county-wide races seem to be for Judge/Exec., County Attorney, Jailer, District Judge, and State Representative. 

Several "Meet the candidates" type meetings have been held with mostly candidates and their family and friends attending and not many others. But there have been exceptions such as the one this week sponsored by The Jordan Center that gave candidates time to convince those in attendance why they are the best for the job. (Story and pics coming soon)

Our Lazer polls which are not scientific by any means, have been fairly close and we'll try to get all the big races on for at least four days in the next two weeks.

We will also break down the races into individual stories with as much info as we can muster on the races.

Since the Democrats took the first real shot this weekend, I thought I'd start the series with the 96th District State Representative contest between incumbant (sort of) Jill York, a Republican who lives in Grayson, Ky. and Barry Webb, a Lawrence County Democrat.

York vs. Webb

Republican Jill YorkRepublican Jill York Democrat Barry WebbDemocrat Barry Webb

This election is pivotal for Democrats as they stand just four defeats of incumbents to lose control of the Ky. House of Representatives. Longtime Lawrence Co. Rep. Rocky Adkins would then be knocked out of his leadership position in Frankfort as Majority whip, something that, of course, he does not want to see happen.

"I believe we are strong in the new 96th with Barry (Webb) because he is one of the people, he's down to earth and has strong ties with the voters in both Carter and Lawrence Counties," Adkins said. "He has been working really hard and the party is ready to stand with him every way we can because we need him in Frankfort."

In the two counties Democrats hold a roughly 13,000 vote advantage but York has won in Carter county before, and she slightly edged Webb four years ago when the district included Lewis County instead of Lawrence.

York enjoys the backing of the state republican party and has attended events by the dozen in Lawrence County since she became the representative here. She is by anyone's standards, a "dynamic" candidate.

"There is a chance that the House Majority Party might lose their grip on close to 100 years of control in the House during this election cycle. That would change the faces of legislative leaders and the way the chamber does business," York told The Lazer last week.

"For starters, Frankfort's career politicians would lose their power to deny that Kentuckians want issues of faith and traditional family values to be part of the political discussion."

York, who owns a printing company along with her husband in Grayson, claims Lawrence County roots because she lived here in her early school years and her grandparents are from Lawrence County.

"If, as a candidate, you are more worried about who may or may not be in control of a political caucus at the Capitol than you are about what's best for the people of your district -- then you are missing the point," she said.

Webb, who is a fifth generation native of Webbville where he still lives and works for AK Steel in Ashland, has a different view.

"People getting out and voting is going to make a difference in this election, Webb said. "Lawrence County Is a Democratic county. If a Republican wins in Lawrence or Carter County it is because they (Democrats) voted Republican or they stayed home," Webb said at a recent Lawrence co. Democrat Womans Club event.  

"I'm sure everyone knows 10 people they could talk to about how important this election is. Some people haven't voted in years," Webb said. "This race is more than just about me, you're talking about a new caucus, a new floor leader...we would lose the influence that Greg Stumbo and Rocky Adkins have," Webb said.

"Things will not be good if it goes Republican. If you think our part of KY has been left out before, it will be worse.  We have to get people out to vote.  If not, we've wasted a lot of time and effort."

Neither candidate has mentioned specific issues although Webb has said the new road projects in Lawrence County may not ever be completed without help from Adkins and the Democratic party in Frankfort.

How we see it...

At first glance this race would seem to be a "no-brainer" with the Democrat majority so large. But York is very good campaigner in person and has convinced Democrats to cross their ticket in the past. Plus, she is the incumbent even thought the 96th is a new district with just Carter and Lawrence included.

Then there is the "my county vs your county" influence and Carter County has nearly twice as many votes as does Lawrence.

On the other hand Webb is not a rookie having run for the position before. And he has plenty of help from powerful leaders in state government that may be appealing to voters in both counties. 

This race depends on party loyalty vs county loyalty to a great degree. And then there is the "personalities" of the candidates that always has an effect. Lawrence County seems to have a strong Republican ticket for York to run with this time and Carter has the same for Webb. 

Since I have no idea which is most important to the voters in the two counties I find it difficult to predict this one, but I think Webb will win Lawrence County, just don't have any idea by how many. No idea about Carter County so as far as I'm concerned, this is a puzzler.


Next review - County Attorney's race...


Here's the local lineup:

2014 General Election Candidate’s and Addresses

...from Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe's office by Crystal Osborne

U.S. Senate


Alison Lundergan Grimes


Mitch McConnell

District Court Judge


John T. Chafin

Paul L. Pack

96th State Representative


Barry Webb


Jill York

County Sheriff


Garrett Roberts

147 Red Br Rd Louisa, KY

County Coroner


Mike Wilson

1270 Hwy 2565 Louisa, KY


Travis Hughes

95 Lara Ln Apt 4 Louisa, KY

County Attorney


Everett Kenneth Preston

662 Two Mile Crk Louisa, KY


Michael T. Hogan

1015 Violet Ln Louisa, KY

County Judge


John A Osborne

584 Mill Br Rd Catlettsburg, KY


Rick May

390 June Apple Rd Louisa, KY

County Jailer


Jim Burchett

169 Big Cat Fork Rd Louisa, KY


Roger Lee Jordan

14806 Hwy 32 Blaine, KY

Constable Dist 1


Paul Wells

1596 Hwy 1185 Louisa, KY


Larry D Bellomy

3981 Spankem Br Rd Louisa, KY

Constable Dist 2


William Collins

75 Cedgap Rd Louisa, KY


Jason W Stepp

60 Treasure Chest Dr Louisa, KY

Constable Dist 3


Dennis Marcum

Po Box 195 Martha, KY


Daniel Castle

38 Tarkhill Rd Blaine, KY

Constable Dist 4


Billy Lemaster

1203 Maynard Br Rd Louisa, KY

Magistrate Dist 1


Morris Howard

302 Saddle Town Rd Webbville, KY


Terry D Preece

973 Little Cat Fork Rd Louisa, KY

Magistrate Dist 2


John J Lemaster

1792 Deer Lick Br Rd Louisa, KY


Mark A Hardin

PO Box 335 Louisa, KY

Magistrate Dist 3


John “Tony” Lester

706 Prince Br Rd Martha, KY


Earl Boggs Jr

170 Belflower Rd Blaine, KY

Magistrate Dist 4


Denver R Chaffin Sr

421 S Lock Ave Louisa, KY


Rick Blackburn

217 River Rd Louisa, KY

County PVA


Chris Rose

59 Raccoon Br Rd Blaine, KY

County Surveyor


Cliff A West

5081 S Hwy 3 Louisa, KY

County Court Clerk


Chris Jobe

36 Moss Br rd Louisa, KY

Mayor of Louisa

(non partisan)

Teddy Preston

201 Pike St Louisa, KY

James Ferrell

520 ½ N Lock Ave Louisa, KY

Raymond Dixon

108 W Perry St Louisa, KY

Casey Jones

107 Maple St Louisa, KY

Harold E Slone

602 N Lock Ave Louisa, KY

Louisa City Council

Tom Parsons

125 Public Way Louisa, KY

Bradley J Stark

207 W Perry Louisa, KY

Gloria Johnson

406 N Lackey Ave Louisa, KY

Lisa Schaeffer

305 W Franklin St Louisa, KY

Ronald E Cordle Jr

1321 Old Beech Rd Louisa, KY

Angela McGuire

1025 Rose Ln Louisa, KY

Mitch Castle

437 N Rice Ave Louisa, KY

School Board District 1

(Also non partisan)

Harold D Vaughn

9044 Hwy 1690 Louisa, KY

Maddlene P Roberts

3801 McClure Br Rd Louisa, KY

John Goble

12444 S Hwy 3 Louisa, KY

School Board Dist 3

Garnett Skaggs

840 Hwy 1715 Martha, KY

October 14, 2014, Hon. John D. Preston presiding

Michael, Tracy Diamond get 10 years in meth case; Final pre-trial date to be set for Fitzpatrick Friday...

Case of accused sex offender held over...

By Catrina Vargo

(Information taken directly from Lawrence Co. Circuit Court Docket)

LOUISA, KY. -- A Motion to Exclude was granted in part in the case of Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 35, of Paintsville, who is charged with multiple offenses including murder. The final court report date will be reset for Friday in Johnson County.

Fitzpatrick is charged with murder after the vehicle he was operating at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Rt. 644 and B Street in Louisa last year, struck Johnny K. Maynard, 40, of Catlettsburg, KY, who was operating a motorcycle.

Maynard was transported to TRMC where he later died.  

In addition to murder, Fitzpatrick is also charged with Operating Motor Vehicle Under The Influence, Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating on Suspended/Revoked License, and Persistent Felony Offender 1st Degree. 

The case of Harold Keith Shannon, 67, was reset to next Motion Hour.  Shannon is charged with (5) counts of sexual offenses, including Sodomy 1st Degree Victim Under 12 Years of Age, Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Performance, Promoting Sex Performance By Minor Under 16 Years of Age, Possessing Matter Portraying Sex Performance by Minor and Unlawful Transaction With a Minor 1st Degree Illegal Sex Act Under 16.

Dawn BarkerDawn BarkerDawn D. Barker, 42, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Burglary, amended from 2nd to 3rd Degree, for which she was sentenced to 5 years. On a separate charge of Complicity Burglary 3rd Degree, Defendant was sentenced to 3 years to run concurrently.



Michael DiamondMichael DiamondMichael L. Diamond, 39, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Manufacture Meth for which he was sentenced to 10 years.  The charge of Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence was dismissed.  Final sentencing Nov. 14, 10:00 am.



Tracy DiamondTracy DiamondTracy L. Diamond, 42, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Manufacture Meth and was sentenced to 10 years, probation after 5 years, 365 days home incarceration and other conditions.  Final sentencing Nov. 14, 10:00 am.




Zachary JudeZachary JudeZachary Jude, 29, pled guilty to charge of Escape 2nd Degree and sentenced to 2 years consecutive to Johnson Co. case.  The charge of Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree was dismissed. 




Brandon West, 28, was sentenced to 5 years on charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking $500 or More, Under $10,000. On a separate charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking $10,000 or more, Under $1,000,000, Defendant was sentenced to 10 years, probation supervised 5 years to run concurrently. Jail credit of 55 days was applied.

Bobby J. TriplettBobby J. Triplett


The Commonwealth requested a Bench Warrant for Bobby J. Triplett, 49, who is charged with Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree and Complicity Burglary 3rd Degree.


Wet-dry vote set for December 16;

Jobe says petition had only one signer to spare...


LOUISA -- In a surprising finish this morning Lawrence Clerk Chris Jobe handed the official petition asking for the sale of alchhol to become legal in the city of Louisa, to County attorney Mike Hogan and he produced the executive order for Judge/Exec. John Osborne to sign and the election is officially set for Dec. 16, 2014.

Jobe said the petition had 205 certified signatures and needed 204 so it was certified by one vote.

Petition organizer Gene Wilson handed in a petition on September 22 that included 468 names but Jobe's office was able to certify only 205 of them for various reasons such as signers lived out of city limits, some signed their name twice instead of printing it once and signing it once making it difficult to read the name, and other technical errors, Jobe said.

The petition has had a rough road to being certified as Hogan advised last year that the language was too broad and said a new petition needed to be done.

Wilson has said the passage of the petition will mean more tax monies for the city and will draw a franchise restaurant that sells liquor by the drink to Louisa which has been "dry" since the 1930's.

Jobe said should the voters reject the sale of alcohol, the matter cannot be revisited for three years.

The election is open only to Louisa residents who live within the city limits.  City resident voters must vote within their precinct, East Louisa will vote at City Hall, West Louisa will vote at the Senior Citizen Center, and Meadowbrook will vote at the Lawrence County Community Center.

Wilson could not be reached for comment this morning.

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