2012 Primary Election

Primary Election Information

by Gabe Bullard on May 22, 2012

The Tuesday primary won’t be the most watched in Kentucky history. The presidential nominations have been decided and turnout will likely be low (around 12 percent). There are many races for state and federal positions that are expected to end in landslides, or they’re between candidates who aren’t expected to unseat the other party’s nominee.

But there are several races of interest. Notably in the crowded Republican primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District, where Super PAC involvement and high-profile endorsements have made three candidates clear frontrunners to replace retiring incumbent Geoff Davis.

There aren’t any surprises expected in the commonwealth’s five other congressional districts.

On the state level, the highest profile contests are in the Louisville area and in northern and southern Kentucky.

There’s an unusual matchup in the 42nd Senate District Democrat Primary. That race pits incumbent Reginald Meeks against Tea Party leader Wendy Caswell, a long-time registered Democrat.

There are several interesting contests for Louisville Metro Council. Perhaps the most watched is the First District Democratic Primary, where four candidates are challenging incumbent Attica Woodson Scott.

Scott is hoping to be elected to the seat the council appointed her to after it removed Judy Green for ethics violations. The recent rash of violence in that district may change the dynamic in the final days before the vote.

In the 18th District, Tea Party candidate Marilyn Parker is questioning incumbent Jon Ackerson’s GOP loyalty, and the Second District contest may be influenced by a recent controversy surrounding incumbent Barbara Shanklin’s grandson, who was recently fired as her legislative aid.

These races and several others were all discussed in the most recent Noise & Notes podcast.

Polls open at 6 am and close at 6 pm. WFPL will offer special on-air coverage at the top of the hour and a liveblog as events unfold Tuesday night.

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Deadline Approaching for Early Voting in Indiana

by Rick Howlett April 30, 2012

Early voting continues across Indiana for next week’s primary election. Hoosiers can vote in advance either in person or by absentee ballot until noon next Monday, the day before the election. Today is the last day to for voters to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them. Floyd County Clerk Linda Moeller […]

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Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election Next Week

by admin April 20, 2012

The deadline to register to vote in the Kentucky primary election is next Monday. Applications to register for the first time, change political party or update an address will be taken until the close of business. Residents can drop off their voter registration cards at various locations, including the election center, vehicle service branches and  […]

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Tea Party President Rips Meeks’ Call for Lawsuit Against Her Candidacy

by admin March 13, 2012

Louisville Tea Party President and Democratic state House candidate Wendy Caswell has issued a statement criticizing incumbent state Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, for asking the party to file suit to have her removed from the ballot. In an e-mail message to party leaders, Meeks highlighted messages from the local Tea Party sent by Caswell that […]

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Meeks Wants Tea Party Democrat Removed From Ballot

by admin March 8, 2012

Kentucky state Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, is calling on Jefferson County Democratic Party leaders to file a lawsuit that would disqualify his Tea Party primary challenger from the race. Louisville Tea Party president and founder Wendy Caswell is a registered Democrat who is running against Meeks in the May primary. But in an e-mail message […]

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Jefferson County Judge-Executive Files for District 8 Race

by admin January 31, 2012

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews is running for the Louisville Metro Council District 8 seat. The 28-year-old Democrat will face incumbent Tom Owen and Louisville Grows founder Mason Roberts in a three-way primary. Community activist Curtis Morrison was the first to challenge Owen, but he dropped out of the race Tuesday afternoon to run against […]

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Scott Prepared to Defend District 1 Seat

by admin January 31, 2012

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott, D-1, is seeking to retain her seat, but she will face a number of former rivals in the spring primary. The council appointed Scott to the District 1 seat after former Councilwoman Judy Green was thrown out of office for ethical violations. The community activist will face at least […]

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State Lawmaker Announces Bid for Davis’s Seat

by admin December 19, 2011

State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, is running for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., the northern Kentucky lawmaker announced Monday. She will file her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance later today. She is the first candidate to file for Davis’s seat. Webb-Edgington says […]

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Anti-Toll Advocate Running for State Senate

by admin December 15, 2011

Louisville Democrat Shawn Reilly has announced his intention to run for the Kentucky state Senate next year to fill the vacancy left by retiring state Sen. Tim Shaughnessy. The 29-year-old liberal Democrat is a financial adviser who has been involved in several local political groups and campaigns such as the anti-Iraq War movement. But Reilly […]

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