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GOP remains strong in county

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2012...A look back at some of the top stories, issues

    Elections were also a major story in 2012.

    Early in 2012, magistrate Dan Kelty announced that he would resign to become a police officer for the city of Mount Washington. Banker Rick Clements would be appointed to the position. But in the fall election, Bob Hunt defeated Clements.

    In the November elections, it was another major victory for Republican candidates. Democratic incumbents state Rep. Linda Belcher and circuit clerk Layne Abell were among those defeated as the large number of straight-ticket Republican votes proved to be too much for a second straight election.

    Russell Webber will serve as the county’s state representative in the 49th District and Paulita Keith will assume the role as circuit clerk. David Floyd, Dwight Butler and Jeff Greer, representing parts of the county, won re-election to the state House.

    The city of Hillview voted in December to go to non-partisan elections. Currently, the city of Shepherdsville is the only one in Bullitt County to have partisan races for its mayor and council seats.

    In a related note, the county lost Mary Harper in May. She served two terms in the legislature. Her late husband, John, also served in the legislature and as the first Republican County Judge/Executive. She was also well known for her years as a school teacher in Bullitt County.