The Richmond Register

October 7, 2012

A guide to the local races

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The following is information about who will be on the ballot in Madison County, along with a list of scheduled candidate forums and tips on how to make sure you’re ready to vote Nov. 6.

Upcoming candidate forums

• A Richmond City Commission forum will be conducted Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Richmond City Hall. The forum is sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and The League of Women Voters of Berea & Madison County.

The audience may submit written questions for the candidates. Those who are unable to attend may submit questions prior to the event at communications@richmondchamber.com.

There will be a live broadcast of the forum on cable Channel 12.

• A Berea City Council forum will be conducted Oct. 25, 7 p.m., in the council chambers at the Berea Police & Municipal Building. The forum is sponsored by the Berea Chamber of Commerce and The League of Women Voters of Berea & Madison County.

The audience can fill out cards to submit questions for the candidates and questions may be sent ahead of time at chamber@bereachamber.com.

There will be a live broadcast of the forum on cable Channel 12.

• A second Berea City Council forum will be conducted Oct. 30, 7 p.m., in Baird Lounge of the Alumni Building at Berea College. The forum is sponsored by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and various Berea College student groups.

A moderator  will be asking a set of prepared questions. Audience members also will have an opportunity to ask candidates questions and speak with them one-on-one over refreshments between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Boxes have been placed around Berea College campus for students to submit questions, as well.

The Candidates

Richmond City Commission and Berea City Council


• The Richmond City Commission candidates are: Bobby Johns, Don Jaynes, Robert R. Blythe, Jim Newby, Donna Baird, Richard Thomas, Laura Durham Morgan and Jason  Morgan.

• The Berea City Council candidates are: Brandon Rutherford, Chad Hembree, Diane Kerby, Virgil Burnside, Chester Powell, Ronnie Terrill, Robert “P NUT” Johnson, Violet “Vi” Farmer, Jerry A. Knowles, Richard Bellando, Jim Lucas, Jerry Little and Billy Wagers.

State Representative

Visit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/ Legislators.htm to find your district

• The 36th District candidates are: Republican Jonathan Shell and Democrat Bradley Bud Montgomery

• The 73rd District candidates are: Republican Donna Mayfield and Democrat JoEllen Reed.

• The 81st District candidates are: Republican Mary R. McGill Long and Democrat Rita H. Smart.

Nonpartisan school boards

In general, boards of education in Kentucky consist of five members. Members are elected on a nonpartison ballot in even-number years. Member serve four-year terms — staggered so that the terms of not more than three members of a local board expire at the same time, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Madison County Schools

• The 1st District candidates are Kathie J.R. Bettler and John Lackey.

• The 2nd District candidates are Bill Phillips, Becky L. Coyle, Jimmy Allen and Greg Mayo.

• (The 3rd District is not on the ballot this year)

• The 4th District candidates are Christopher L. Hager and Mary J. Renfro.

• The 5th District candidates are Beth Brock, Debbie Secchio and Robert G. Stephens

Berea Independent School

The only two candidates are Van Gravitt and Will Bondurant.

If you’re not registered to vote

The deadline for voter registration is 29 days prior to the election — that’s Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Swing by the Madison County Clerk’s office at its Richmond location at 101 West Main Street (624-4738) or the Berea location at 212 Chestnut Street (624-4703) to fill out a voter registration card.

Or, visit http://elect.ky.gov/registertovote/Pages/default.aspx to fill and print out a voter registration card in PDF format.

Already registered, still confused?

To find out where to vote, visit https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp and enter your name and date of birth to obtain precinct and legislative district information.

A link to a sample ballot is available on that page (http://apps.sos.ky.gov/electionballots/).

Absentee voters

The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is seven days before an election. Absentee voters may contact the county clerk at 624-4738 (Richmond) or 624-4703 (Berea) to request a ballot.

The ballot must be received in the county clerk’s office by 6 p.m. local time on election day for the ballot to be counted. 

Visit http://elect.ky.gov/voterinfo/Pages/absenteevoterinformation.aspx for a complete list of those who are qualified to vote by absentee ballot.