Republican Michael Adams Wins Kentucky Secretary Of State Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Kentucky’s next Secretary of State is Republican Michael Adams. Adams, an election lawyer with ties to prominent conservative politicians, defeated Democrat Heather French Henry, a former state government official and Miss America.

The Secretary of State is Kentucky’s top election official, and also oversees administrative functions such as maintaining business filings.

Adams is an election lawyer in Louisville and serves as counsel for the Great America Committee, a political action committee created by Vice President Mike Pence.

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Adams to the State Board of Elections, a post he resigned earlier this year to run for secretary of state.

Adams told WFPL last month he is proud of his connections to federal politicians.

“I think it’s a good thing for me to have those relationships, it would help Kentucky to have me in this office and help me get the support that we need from from Washington to help fund our improvement of our infrastructure in Kentucky,” Adams said.

He also said he is able to work with individuals from both parties and would not serve as Secretary of State in a partisan manner.

Adams will succeed Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, who is term-limited and could not seek reelection. The Secretary of State’s office has been under scrutiny in the past year, following accusations that Grimes improperly accessed voter registration data. After that, the Republican-led legislature made the Secretary of State a non-voting member of the State Board of Elections.

Both Adams and Henry said they would support restoring voting rights to the Secretary of State on the State Board of Elections in the future.

Republican Michael Adams will be Kentucky’s next secretary of state Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Adams will succeed Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is term-limited.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore wins re-election Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

He told WHAS11 News he was ready to build on the momentum he had going for the last 8 years.

        

Republican Mike Harmon re-elected as Kentucky auditor Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Republican Mike Harmon is re-elected as Kentucky auditor .

        

Joe Marshall Successfully Defends Seat On JCPS School Board Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Voters in the southwest side of Louisville have elected Joe Marshall to retain his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education. Marshall prevailed over six challengers, winning with 41 percent of the vote.

JCPS board members unanimously appointed Marshall in August to an open seat vacated by Benjamin Gies. Under a new state law passed this spring, board members were given the power to appoint a replacement, but Marshall also faced challengers in the November general election.

Marshall is one of 28 recently appointed school board members across the state who faced an election this year, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association

“Thanks to the voters of District 4. They saw the work that we started and they voted to allow us to finish out the term next year,” Marshall said. “The journey continues.”

Courtesy of Joe Marshall

Marshall is a 4th grade teacher at the West End School, a tuition-free private school in Louisville. He taught at JCPS for four years prior to that. Marshall said a few of his biggest priorities are maintaining honesty and transparency on the board and addressing a teacher shortage. He said he thinks he gives the board a better sense of teachers’ perspective on issues.

“This really is a win for teachers and the voice of teachers being heard in policymaking. This is a win for parents who want a strong environment for their students,” Marshall said.

“I think that a lot of times teacher voice gets lost, because teachers are busy working and grading papers, grading assessments, and preparing for the hard work that needs to be done,” Marshall told WFPL last month.

Marshall has taken a progressive stance on a number of issues. He has said that families of color have “bore the burden” of the JCPS student assignment plan and that the school board needs to be strategic in developing its own internal security force of school resource officers and “focus on the word ‘resource.’”

“We need to be a groundbreaking district. We’re not going to be able to look at a lot of places and just follow their lead,” Marshall said.

When Marshall was selected for the seat, board chair Diane Porter said the board also strongly considered Shameka Parrish-Wright, as reported by the Courier-Journal.

Parrish-Wright actively campaigned for the seat, and took second place in the election. In third place was Dave Whitlock, an ex-constable who is known for having shot a woman in a Walmart parking lot.

Marshall will represent JCPS District 4, which includes the communities of Cane Run, Pleasure Ridge Park, Shively and Valley Station.  

A number of voters at Doss High near the Parkwood neighborhood said they relied on name recognition and word-of-mouth advice to select their preferred school board candidate.

“I want someone that knows what they’re doing. I want them to have some kind of experience … working in a school board for one, but also having the best interest of students,” said voter Max St. John.  

Joe Marshall will serve out remainder of District 4 term on JCPS board Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Joe Marshall cruised to election in the seven-person field for the District 4 seat, which will be back on the ballot in 2020.

Republican Daniel Cameron Elected As Kentucky Attorney General Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Daniel Cameron, a 33-year-old corporate attorney and former counselor for Mitch McConnell has won the election to become Kentucky’s Attorney General.

At less than half the age of his Democratic opponent, Daniel Cameron will become the state’s first African-American to win state office at the top of the ticket.

Cameron defeated Former Attorney General and House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Throughout the campaign, David Cameron’s Democratic opponent attempted to paint the Republican as young and inexperienced. Cameron touted the D.C. connections he made in his time working with McConnell.

As attorney general, Cameron will defend the state in court, file lawsuits on behalf of the state and investigate potential criminal activity.

Cameron has said he will pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers and look at criminal justice reforms. He is opposed to legalizing marijuana, but is open to discussing medical pot, he said in a KET interview.

On abortion, Cameron has said he believes in the “sanctity of life” and will defend laws passed by the state’s Legislature, which legislation that is currently being challenged in court.

“I’m here to tell you that Daniel Cameron as attorney general is going to protect the sanctity of life,” he said.

Cameron touts his relationship with McConnell and President Donald Trump, and says he played a role in getting Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2016. Cameron also worked as a spokesman for the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, a group that advocates for criminal justice reform measures in the state.

Ryan Quarles wins Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Quarles has been Kentucky’s Ag. Commissioner since 2015.

        

Republican Mike Harmon Wins Reelection For Kentucky Auditor Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Former legislator and Republican incumbent Mike Harmon has won reelection as Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts.

Voters elected Harmon over Democrat Sheri Donahue and Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg to serve another four years as the state’s chief auditor. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Harmon received 55 percent of the vote. In the role, Harmon will continue to serve as an independent office tasked with reviewing accounts, financial transactions and the performance of all state government.

Harmon said he plans to use his second term to build on his accomplishments.

“But our goal is to, one, continue to be a resource, try to be more resource, try to continue the great work we’ve done and more specifically try to look for things that have not already been audited,” Harmon said in a WFPL interview last month.

Harmon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, served 13 years in the state legislature and in 2015, defeated incumbent Democrat Adam Edelen to become auditor.

Over the past four years, Harmon has used the office to oversee special audits of the state’s pension systems, the Administrative Offices of the CourtsKentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the University of Louisville Foundation.

 

Republican Ryan Quarles Reelected Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Tuesday, Nov 5 2019 

Republican incumbent Ryan Quarles has won reelection as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture.

The former state representative staked much of his bid for reelection on his efforts to develop the Kentucky Proud program, which markets local farm products, and efforts to expand hemp farming in the state — a plank that appears to have resonated with Kentucky voters.

In addition, Quarles has emphasized his status as a Kentucky native, working to improve the lives of Kentucky’s small farmers.

“I also believe that I’m the strongest candidate for this office because I grew up on a Kentucky farm. My family continues to farm today,” Quarles said ahead of the election. “It’s the primary source of income for my family growing up and continues to be so for my dad, and that separates myself from the competition.”

At only 36 years, Quarles holds two masters degrees, three undergraduate degrees and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University. He served in the legislature from 2010 until 2015.

Quarles defeated Democratic challenger Robert Conway.

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