Election season is officially open!

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Is it flu season? Is it hunting season? No, but it is election season.

The Grant County News does not endorse candidates. We will, however, publish a story and profile of candidates seeking election. This information will be published at the end of April/beginning of May.

All candidates were mailed a questionnaire last week and will be given two weeks to return it. If they choose not to return it, they were informed by letter that they would not be included in the special section on the election.

The questionnaires are due back to the News office by 5 p.m. March 12. If a candidate has not received a questionnaire, they should contact me immediately.

In an effort to make everyone, candidates and their supporters, as well as the general public aware of how we handle elections. Here are some rules that apply for the election.

Letters of


The Grant County News will publish letters of endorsement. Letters are limited to 200 words or less. The News will publish only one letter per candidate from one particular person. That means if John Q. Public sends in four letters to endorse a candidate for judge-executive, only one of those four letters will be published.

Endorsements will not be printed the week prior to the election. The deadline to submit a letter of endorsement is 5 p.m. on April 30. Letters received after that time will not be published.

Letters of endorsement must follow the same guidelines as other letters to the editor.



In an effort to bring the public information about each candidate, the Grant County News and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Candidates’ Forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 in the Williamstown High School cafeteria.

All candidates were invited to participate in this forum. They were informed, by letter, that if they didn’t return their questionnaire to the News office by March 12, they would not be allowed to participate in the forum.

I believe if you are going to ask for my vote, then you shouldn’t be afraid if I have some questions about your political philosophies.

The questions are designed to allow a candidate to share their views and give voters insight on who to cast their vote for.

Candidates will be asked to respond to questions asked by a panelist or group of panelists. The forum is not a debate.

Candidates are not privy to the questions. They are decided upon by the News editorial team, as well as suggestions from the public.

The purpose of the forum is to educate voters on who is the best person for the office. After all, whoever is elected will have four years to speak on your behalf. That’s why it so important for the candidates to attend and for voters to hear what they have to say.

I realize that everyone is busy and may have previous engagements, but it says a lot to me about a candidate when they choose not to participate.

The public is welcome to participate in the forum by submitting questions to the News office.

Questions can be sent to: Candidates Forum Questions, c/o Grant County News, P.O. Box 247, Williamstown, Ky 41097 or faxed to 824-5888 or sent by e-mail to jbakernantz@grantky.com. The deadline for submitting questions for the forum is 5 p.m. on April 23.



Grant County and the four cities within the county have ordinances regarding political signs.

According to the Grant County Zoning Regulations and the zoning regulations of each city, temporary political signs are permitted in all zones with the following conditions.

1. Only one political sign per candidate for local, state, or national office or any local or state issue is allowed on each lot.

2. Permission to place the sign must be obtained from the property owner or occupant.

3. Political signs are allowed no more than 60 days prior to an election and not more than 10 days after the date of the election.

4. No political sign can be larger than 12 square feet.

Those zoning ordinances, however, don’t include penalties for candidates who violate them, but, under Kentucky law, candidates who break the ordinance could be fined $10 to $500 per day.

(Jamie Baker-Nantz is editor of the Grant County News. She can be reached at jbakernantz@grantky.com.)