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May 17 election draws little interest

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By Bryan Marshall

Grant County voters can head to the polls May 17, but County Clerk Leatha Conrad is not expecting a big turnout.
“I think it’s going to be pretty light,” Conrad said about the primary election. “I haven’t heard many people talk about it. We have not had many people request absentee ballots or come vote on the absentee machines.”
Since the election is a primary and does not involve any local races, voters may decide to skip filling out the ballots.
Polls will be open at 23 precincts in Grant County from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The election features six statewide races, including governor/lt. governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer and commissioner of agriculture.
Gov. Steve Beshear is unopposed in the Democratic primary while three candidates will vie for the Republican challenger slot in the November general election.
The Republican gubernatorial candidates include Senate President David Williams, businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Barbara “Bobbie” Holsclaw.
Williams’ running mate is state agriculture commissioner and former University of Kentucky basketball player Richie Farmer.
Moffett, who is a managing partner of a Louisville telecommunications management firm, has Mike Harmon has his lt. governor.
Holsclaw’s is running alongside Bill Vermillion Jr., a retired U.S. Navy officer.
Two candidates from each political party will face off in the secretary of state race.
Democrat Elaine Walker, who was appointed to the position in January after Trey Grayson’s resignation, will be pitted against challenger and attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes.
On the Republican side, telecommunications consultant Hilda Legg will go head-to-head against Bill Johnson, who previously ran in the primary for U.S. Senate won by Rand Paul.
There are three candidates for state auditor — one Democrat and two Republicans.
In November, Adam Edelen will be up against the winner of the primary race between John Kemper III and Addia Kathryn Wuchner.
Democrat candidates for treasurer Steve Hamrick and L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach will be vying for the chance to face Republican K.C. Crosbie in the general election.
In the most crowded race, seven candidates have filed to run for commissioner of agriculture.
Robert “Bob” Farmer, Stewart Gritton, John Lackey, David Williams and B.D. Wilson are the Democratic candidates while James Comer and Rob Rothenburger will meet on the Republican side.
Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway will face Republican Todd P’Pool in the attorney general race in November after both did not receive any challengers in the primary.
As of March 16, Grant County had 15,615 registered voters.
Of those, 8,829 were registered Democrats, 5,324 were registered Republicans and 1,462 were registered as Independents.
Only those voters registered with a political party can vote in that respective primary race.
For more information or to check what precinct location to vote at, call 824-3321.