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Vol. 11  No. 2 February 2019 (c)


FrontPage News

Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin | bevin, Kentucky election 2019, governor race 2019, Beshear, Edelen, Adkins
Governor's race in 2019 brings challengers to incumbent Bevin

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky. There are no national offices on the ballot - no president, no congressional offices, no races that send a winner to Washington. There are no local races...

It should come as no surprise that the top of the tickets will get the most attention. With an incumbent in the governor's office, this election will be in large part a critique of Governor Matt Bevin's leadership.

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Mary Potter

2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky secretary of state,

Former Miss America Heather French Henry one of eight candidates for secretary of state.
2019 Secretary of State race is for an open seat

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky.

In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, is not running. That leaves an open seat. Eight candidates are vying to become the next Kentucky Secretary of State.

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Mary Potter

Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky auditor, Chris Tobe, Sheri Donahue, Kelsey Hayes Coots, Drew Curtis,

Auditor Mike Harmon is running for a second term.
Auditor's race draws four Dem challengers to incumbent Mike Harmon

2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky...No local races that bring out friends and families of candidates.

In the race for auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon is running for a second term. He's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates:

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Mary Potter

Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers | Kentucky election 2019, kentucky commissioner of agriculture, Ryan Quarles, Bill Polyniak, Robert Haley Conway, Joe Trigg,

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is seeking a second term.
Commissioner of Agriculture - Quarles faces challengers

In the 2019 race for commissioner of agriculture, incumbent Ryan Quarles is running for a second term. He's drawn a challenger in Bill Polyniak on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Robert Haley Conway and Joe Trigg.

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Mary Potter

One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG  | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky attorney general, Greg Stumbo,

Former McConnell lawyer, Daniel Cameron, is running for AG.
One Democrat and two Republicans vie for AG

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. Turnout will be key.

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Andy Beshear is running for governor. That leaves an open seat.

Three candidates are vying for the job.

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Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers. | Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky state treasurer, Allison Ball, Josh Mers, Michael Bowman

Josh Mers is one of two Dem challengers to incumbent Treasurer Ball.
Treasurer's race will pit incumbent Allison Ball against one of two Dem challengers.

2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. It's a year with guaranteed low voter turnout.

In the race for treasurer, incumbent Allison Ball is running for a second term. She's the only candidate on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Michael Bowman and Josh Mers.

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Mary Potter

Community and Regional News

Rep. Attica Scott to headline Black History Month Celebration | Attica Scott, Kentucky history, Mayfield, Black History Month, Graves County

Rep. Attica Scott will be in Mayfield Feb. 24. Photo credit LRC.gov website
Rep. Attica Scott to headline Black History Month Celebration

The Mayfield/Graves County Citizens Volunteer Group, along with the City of Mayfield, will present our Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 West Broadway St., Mayfield, KY from 2-4 p.m.

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Charlotte Goddard

19TH-ANNUAL UT MARTIN CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FEB. 17-23 | civil rights, Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Martin, Rev. Dr. William Barber, Poor People's Campaign

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, shown at a 2016 appearance, will keynote UTM's Civil Rights Conference.
19TH-ANNUAL UT MARTIN CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FEB. 17-23

MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin's 19th-annual Civil Rights Conference will address the theme "Toward a Radical Revolution of Values: A New Poor People's Campaign" with events Feb. 12 and the week of Feb. 17-23 on the UT Martin main campus.

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Boling University Center's Watkins Auditorium.

Editor's Note: Rev. Barber has been leading the Poor People's Campaign in Frankfort - he and Campaign members recently met with Governor Bevin.

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Erin Chestnut UTM

Editorials

Historic election of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will end in 2019 unremarked | Matt Bevin, Jenean Hampton, Kentucky election 2019, Kentucky politics, women, Black History Month,

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton won\'t be on the ticket with Gov. Matt Bevin.
Historic election of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will end in 2019 unremarked

The end of a historic electoral career will come to an end in 2019 with few fireworks and it looks like very few protests. The election of the first African American woman to the highest office ever held by an African American woman should have been a earth shaking event. It should have been. But it was not...

I wish she had been louder. I wish she had been pushier. I wish she had made more headlines.

Hell, I wish she'd been a Democrat.

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Mary Potter

Education

Clark Elementary students recognized for conservation essays | Paducah City Schools, education, writing, conservation, McCracken County,

l to r: Max Tolar, Clara Pierce, Bailey Beyer
Clark Elementary students recognized for conservation essays

Clark Elementary students received recognition for their entries in the McCracken County Conservation writing contest. Clara Pierce won first place, Bailey Beyer won second place, and Max Tolar won third place. The theme was soil conservation. Students were asked address the topic in a creative way.

Entries were submitted to the conservation office and they selected winners from each school.

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Wayne Walden

Travel & Tourism

Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America | Discovery Park of America, art, travel, Union City  Tennessee, DPA, Lego bricks

On display through May 5th, 20 Lego brick towers at DPA
Towers of Tomorrow on display at Discovery Park of America

UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States.

"Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks" will be on display at DPA through May 5, 2019. The cost to see the exhibit is $4.95 with park admission.

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Mary Nita Bondurant

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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