Jim Newby, a Richmond firefighter, is making his first bid for public office by seeking a seat on the Richmond City Commission. If elected, he could not also be a city employee.
Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger anticipates a 60-percent voter turnout in Madison County on Tuesday, a numerous races, from president to city commission and school board will be on the ballot.
Robert Blythe, 62, is seeking his sixth term on the Richmond City Commission.
A lifelong resident of Richmond, he holds degrees form Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Eastern Kentucky University, where he taught mathematics until retiring. He continues to serve First Baptist Church, Francis Street, as pastor.
Laura Durham Morgan, who got the most votes in the non-partisan May primary for city commission, is seeking her first term on Richmond’s governing body.
For the past 22 years, she has been the owner operator of the College Station convenience store at the corner of Barnes Mill Road and Lancaster Avenue.
Donna Mayfield, 57, is running for her second term representing the 73rd District, which includes all of Clark County and a portion of northern Madison County. In the 2010 election, she defeated Democratic incumbent Don Pasley by a margin of 810 votes. Although Mayfield took Clark County by about 100 votes, she got 707 more votes than Pasley in northern Madison.
JoEllen Reed, 59, was born and raised in Clark County. She is a retired elementary school teacher, having received her bachelor’s and master’s degree as well as her Rank 1 from Eastern Kentucky University. Reed served as Winchester’s vice mayor for four terms, and she is currently a Clark County commissioner.
Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr, again locked in a tight election, spent Saturday urging supporters to go to the polls and get friends and neighbors to vote.
Bradley “Bud” Montgomery, D-Berea
Bradley “Bud” Montgomery, 45, was born and raised in Madison County. He graduated from Berea Community High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University. He served from 1986 to 1998 in the Army National Guard and during that period he advanced through the ranks of Carquest to eventually become the company’s central Kentucky regional manager.
Johnathan Shell, R-Lancaster
Jonathan Shell, 24, is a lifelong resident of Garrard County, and he is the fifth generation to take a part in his family’s farming business. His family owns Shell Farms & Greenhouses.
Richmond City Commission candidate Bobby Johns is no stranger to the race. This election season marks his second time running for a seat on the four-member commission.
During his first term as city commissioner, Richard Thomas has helped make some major decisions for the city as well as seeing a lot of controversy.
The youth vote has been said to be a key to the presidential campaign, but younger voters also are taking an interest in local elections.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series profiling candidates in the Nov. 6 election for Richmond City Commission.