Rogers will fill out final three years of school board term

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Tom Rogers will get his wish.

The voters of the Fourth District gave him the support needed on Tuesday to fill out the remaining three years of the vacant term on the school board.

Rogers, who was appointed by the state Department of Education in March, collected 1,074 votes to 918 for Joseph "Mr. Joe" Maurmeier.

Douglas Walls originally defeated Maurmeier last November for the school board seat. However, Walls would later realize he could not serve unless a relative employed by the district resigned.

Rogers was appointed and had to run in a special election to fill the final three years.

During his tenure, Rogers said he has been pleased with the progress made but that he was eager to be part of the team that made sure even more changes were made. The board is searching to find ways to improve CATS scores as the 2014 deadline nears.

The board will also have the task by early spring 2008 of hiring a new superintendent. Keith Davis, the interim superintendent, has expressed his desire to fill the job permanently.

With a turnout of around 34 percent, Bullitt County voters continues to show that they could split a ticket. The top votegetters in the six statewide races were also at the top in Bullitt County.

Steve Beshear collected 9,298 votes in Bullitt County compared to 7,384 for incumbent Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

In the race for attorney general, Democrat Jack Conway won locally with 9,904 votes to 6,436 for state Rep. Stan Lee. That was also the statewide trend.

Crit Luallen won re-election as state auditor by once again defeating Linda Greenwell of Taylorsville. Locally, Luallen collected 8,580 votes to 7,555 for Greenwell.

Democrat Todd Hollenbach defeated Melinda Wheeler 8,952 to 7,255 in Bullitt County. The son of a noted Jefferson County politician won statewide by a similar margin.

Republicans could claim victory as two incumbents easily won re-election.

Trey Grayson defeated Butch Hendrickson 9,556 to 6,675 in Bullitt County to return as secretary of state.

And agriculture commissioner Rickie Farmer easily defeated Democrat David Lynn Williams 10,796 to 5,128 in Bullitt County.

The elections next May will include city council races and several state legislature seats.

Bullitt County clerk Kevin Mooney reported no major problems during Tuesday's elections.