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    (* - Incumbent) (# - Dropped out of the race)



    - Hank Linderman, 1,455

    - Brian Pedigo, 833

    - Rane Eir Olivia Sessions, 805

    - Grant Short, 674


    - *Dan Malano Seum, 2,617

    - Paul Wesley Ham, 2,254

  • Final forum brings out more sparks

     HILLVIEW — The final forum for candidates in the May primary had just a little more emotion and raised voices.

    The Hillview Government Center was the host of the final forum, sponsored by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News.

    In the crowded field for the Republican nomination for sheriff, only half of the candidates appeared.

    (Todd Brimm was on military duty and could not attend. Bryan Whittaker, Paul Hineman and George Thurman were not in attendance.)

  • Wallace tries to unseat Mitchell in First District

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  -- A political veteran will be challenged by a first-time newcomer to the system in the race for First District magistrate.

    The winner of the spring Republican primary does not have any Democratic opposition in the fall general election.



    In a combined two stints, Dennis Mitchell has served 17 years as magistrate of the First District.

    During that time, he’s seen a lot of good things happen to his area and to the county.

  • Exton seeks to defeat Laswell for party nomination

     HILLVIEW — Two individuals who have been involved in the community in different ways for years will face off in the Republican primary for Third District magistrate.

    The winner will face the survivor of the Democratic primary.



    For several years, he’s thought about running for public office.

    A couple of years ago, he jumped into the Pioneer Village city council race and is serving his first term.

  • Seum challenged by Ham in senate primary race

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  -- It will be a battle of a newcomer trying to unseat a long-time incumbent in the race for the state senate seat in the 38th District.

    The winner in the Republican primary will face a challenge from Independent candidate Brenda Board in the fall.



    The selling point is pretty clear for Ham — Bullitt County needs to elect a Bullitt County person to represent them in Frankfort.

  • Roberts, Summers face off for co. judge

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- In the race for the top county office, the battle for Bullitt County Judge/Executive has been a quiet one.

    Incumbent Melanie Roberts is seeking her fourth term in office, while Jerry Summers is seeking his first political seat. 

    Democrat Tony Thompson awaits the Republican winner in the fall general election.


    Melanie Roberts

    Roberts believes she has an excellent team leading the county.

  • Eight battle for Republican sheriff’s berth

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With an open seat for sheriff, eight Republicans and one Democrat will be seeking the top law enforcement office in the county.

    While Myra Minton has no opposition, the Republicans will do battle on Tuesday to determine her opponent in November.

    The Republican contenders include, in alphabetical order, Todd Brimm, Mike Cook, Larry Coy, Paul Hineman, Mike Offe, Walter Sholar, George Thurman and Bryan Whittaker.

    Below, in alphabetical order, is a compilation of interviews and information presented during the various forums.

  • Championship Effort: Three squads blend together to bring home gold medal in worlds

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—When representing a country known as a melting pot, the team should be its own melting pot of several different schools.

    For this year’s United States Junior National All-Girl team, girls from both Bullitt East and Bullitt Central high schools united with girls from Eastside Middle to bring home the gold for the second year in a row from the Junior Elite Division at the 2017 International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships.

    Teams Finland and Sweden came in second and third place in the division.

  • Couple constable races will have primary showdowns

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Two of the districts will have contested races for constable.

    And, again this time, the race for constable is again a busy one for the Fourth District.


    There will be no primary.

    Incumbent Robert Watkins will face Democratic challenger William McAllister in November.


    Republican incumbent John Cauley will face primary opposition from Eric W. Sullivan.

    There is no Democratic challenger in the fall.

  • Democrats, Republicans battle to survive

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — In one of the few races which will have both a Republican and Democratic primary, the survivors will have an opportunity to run it off in the fall.

    David Strange, an Independent, will also be on the fall general election ballot.

    Below is a summary of interviews and forum information provided by each of the candidates.



    Jeff Branham