FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police are joining forces and offering a reward to attack a crime that is costing Kentucky taxpayers millions of dollars – theft of copper wire from highway lighting systems.
For the first time since 2004, local voters will have to choose who will serve on the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
Three seats on the board are up this year, and four candidates have filed to run for supervisor in the Nov. 4 election.
Three of the candidates are sitting supervisors, while one is a newcomer who has run for some other offices in recent years.
Dudley Friend Adle Jr. ran for magistrate in the primary election, which was won by Craig Bishop, before signing up to run for soil conservation supervisor.
The 2012 election was the first time Marion County was part of Kentucky’s First Congressional District, but the 2014 race will be familiar to many voters.
Two years ago, incumbent Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield defeated Democratic challenger Charles Hatchett, winning 34 of the 35 counties in the district. Marion County was the only county that Hachett won.
In the spring, Hatchett won the Democratic primary to earn a second shot at Whitfield, who has represented the First District since he was elected in 1994.
Anyone with a television, radio or mailbox has likely received plenty of reminders that incumbent Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are squaring off for the U.S. Senate seat.
McConnell, the Republican minority leader, has represented Kentucky since 1984, and is only the second Kentuckian to become his party’s leader in the Senate. He hopes his re-election will be part of a Republican takeover of the Senate, which could push him to be the majority leader.