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Candidates Lining Up For 2011 Elections

Bill Johnson of Todd County is the first candidate to file his paperwork at the State Capitol. Johnson is running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

Kentucky political candidates are already qualifying for 2011 races.

Qualifying for Kentucky’s constitutional offices opened last Wednesday, and Bill Johnson of Todd County is the first candidate to file his paperwork at the State Capitol. Johnson is running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

“Always been a passion of mine and still is today to defend the Constitution of this country, and so I thought this office fit that mission very well,” he said.

Johnson, you may recall, was in this year’s U.S. Senate race, but withdrew before the primary. B.D. Wilson of Frankfort was picking up his paperwork from the Secretary of State’s office. He plans to run as a Democrat for state Agriculture Commissioner. The filing deadline for the 2011 campaign is January 25th.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004.

His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states.

McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta.

In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011.

His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states.

McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.