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Republican U.S. Representative Andy Barr, KY-06;  Democratic candidate Geoff Young;  and Democratic candidate Randy Cravens.

Republican U.S. Representative Andy Barr, KY-06; Democratic candidate Geoff Young; and Democratic candidate Randy Cravens.


Andy’s Announcements

Our outgoing US Representative Andy Barr’s campaign ads started off innocently enough.

Beautiful horse country, whiskey country and family first with the smiling dimpled congressman at the end.

Next, a hardworking “little businesswoman” talking about helping her business with the smiling dimpled congresswoman at the end.

There were even country musicians added for effect.

And then ? There has to be a more viral Andy, talking about how evil Democrats are out to ruin the Union. What about high gas prices, inflation and abortion? There will be American flags unfurled with patriotic music and the dimpled congressman smiling at the end.

My question is, when is the congressman going to talk about January 6, 2021? Did he run for his life like all the other Republicans?

William E. Ellis, Lexington

Andy’s commercials after Paul Pelosi

Two days after Nancy Pelosi’s husband was brutally assaulted by a politically deranged assailant, our 6e District Republican Congressman Andy Barr went on to run an attack television ad vilifying Congressman Pelosi as the evil force to defeat the extended election days. These sanctioned ads are the toxic fodder that fuels the passionate appetite for political anger and gives the fringe a distorted sense of entitlement.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Congressman Barr has ignored the conscience of moral and political outrage. My fellow Kentucky people must recognize behind all the glitzy and judgmental statements made in the media, there is a political puppet whose strings are being pulled by a party whose polarized opposition has changed the spirit of the Constitution’s preamble from “We the people” to “They against us”.

When will passionate political rhetorical assassination be brought back to civil discourse? When will this growing snowball of anger and distortion sublimate to the point where we see ourselves with legitimate opposing political positions and not as enemies to be eradicated? When will our political representatives develop the courage to speak from a deeper morality than to toe the political line? When?

Stuart TobinRichmond

Randy Craven

The Nov. 8 election choices for Kentucky’s sixth congressional district look grim. Incumbent Andy Barr’s abysmal voting record virtually mirrors that of Republican Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Cal.). As he voted against the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, was Andy Barr thinking about party discipline or Kentucky’s dire need for better bridges, roads and flood control? As he voted against climate change legislation, was he a McCarthy copycat or just oblivious to the Kentucky devastation of last year’s tornadoes and floods? How can he continue to claim that he represents us in Washington?

Unfortunately, the Democratic establishment failed to challenge Barr. Geoff Young emerged from the weak primary field by proposing the removal of six Supreme Court justices and the chairman of his own party. He’s hardly a viable voice for the Sixth District.

The Kentucky ballot provides for written candidates and Randy Cravens, a small businessman from Richmond, bravely offered us an alternative. Randy is passionate about the future of his three children and fed up with politics as usual. I spoke with Mr. Cravens and read his website. I invite others to visit “Cravens for Kentucky” online and consider enthusiastically writing “Randy Cravens” on their November ballot.

T. Kerby Neill, Lexington

Vote for the farmer

Fayette County voters, please send a businessman to the council. The most qualified person in the General Council race, Bill Farmer, is a businessman with government experience.

Vote for Bill Farmer for General Council.

Shirley McVay Wiseman, Lexington

Blevins is doing a good job

I want to congratulate everyone who works in the county clerk’s office. In my experience, everyone from car registration, information and the elections office were nothing but pleasant and helpful with any issue that was brought to their attention. The Elections Office is doing a fantastic job training poll workers for the upcoming election and making sure voting in Lexington is fair and legal.

Don Blevins and his team are to be commended.

Thank you for doing such a great job for the Lexington community.

Cynthia Allen, Lexington

Kwin will work for you

The “Blevins” father-son clerks have been Fayette County clerks for 41 years. It’s time for a change.

Brystin Dengussi Kwin is a newcomer to the political scene, but she is a very STRONG newcomer! Brystin holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky, is a practicing attorney, and chose to run for county clerk after standing in line for two hours to vote at Kroger Field in 2020. She was then determined to execute and make changes to the way our county clerk operates.

Brystin will actually serve the people; keep the office open and available to the community; add a desk for better accessibility; organize safe and secure elections; and be transparent with the budget. Brystin will serve the people, not herself. She will connect the clerk’s office with other county clerk’s offices across the state, work with the secretary of state’s office, as well as the city council, and of course be open and willing to work with people. of the community to do for them what the clerk’s office should have been doing for the past 41 years.

Contact Brystin, listen to her and talk to her. She will listen. Brystin will work with you.

Barbara A. Ellerbrook, Lexington

More explanations

Looking at another David Kloiber ad, all I can think is, “Thank goodness we have a white guy to explain the town’s problems to us.”

Do we really need a rich white man whose only qualification seems to be inherited wealth to run the city? We tried this around the country with former President Donald Trump, and in Kentucky with Matt Bevin, and neither went particularly well. Why would we try it locally?

Michael Koblenz, Lexington

Support Gorton

Mayoral candidate David Kloiber’s television ads expose his superficial qualifications for the incredibly important job of running our city. His message is “I can do it better.” Well, I told Coach Stoops I could do his job better. How can you doubt it? All I have to do is say it. I wonder why Coach isn’t listening. Maybe it’s because I have plenty… just like candidate Kloiber.

I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than Mayor Linda Gorton.

Harry Clarke, Lexington

Good lawyer, better judge

I had the pleasure of knowing Judge Carl Devine for several years. I worked with and against him. He was always courteous, caring and professional. He was always ready to help whenever needed and at my request helped me with one of my difficult cases and he was able to resolve the issue quickly. He was an exceptional lawyer and turned out to be an exceptional judge.

Judge Devine continued to be compassionate, patient and understanding while on the bench. He is impartial, fair and thorough in his decisions. Given Judge Devine’s extensive experience, he has a thorough understanding of the law, which is a high quality needed as a family court judge.

Without hesitation, I fully support Judge Carl Devine and want him to continue in his position as a family court judge.

Jill M. Briscoe, Lexington

Jon Larson

As a lifelong Democrat, I’ve voted for a few Republican candidates in partisan races. This year, however, I will be voting for Jon Larson, a Republican, for Fayette County Executive Judge. I have known Jon for nearly forty years and found him to be a real civil servant. Jon is a much different type of Republican than the MAGA Trump variety. His candidacy was endorsed by C-FAIR, the leading advocacy group for the LGBTQ community. He is, to my knowledge, and his, the only Republican candidate in a partisan race to receive the endorsement of such a group. While the duties of a county executive judge are limited in an amalgamated city-county government, we need a person in that office who will be first and foremost a public servant and who will carry out their duties with competence and integrity. Jon Larson is the best choice for the job.

Robert L. Treadway, Lexington

Mary Diane McCord-Hanna

I am a subscriber, mother of 3 children and I am frustrated. I have seen taxes rise while our police lacked funding and support. I saw bike lanes installed as juvenile delinquency raged. I see our school board raising taxes as our children’s test scores drop. I applaud people who are ready for a position, but I need qualified candidates.

After watching the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for Fayette County Executive Judge, I was shocked. The Fayette County Executive Judge facilitates a small percentage of the Fayette County budget for roads. The municipal engineers and council own this work. Executive judges serve as the process agent in lawsuits against Fayette County. They sign extradition orders. These require a quick response.

With Mary Diane McCord-Hanna, we get a wealthy farm owner who lacks legal training and no working knowledge of Fayette County. Instead of a qualified official, we will be getting legal bills of referrals out of the law because the executive judge can’t do the job. We have a wealthy farm owner who wants her roads fixed and is running because the Home Owners Association asked her to. When asked what her favorite part of the job was, she replied, “marrying people.”

Self-service is the problem in politics, and Mary Diane McCord-Hanna is the epitome of that problem.

Karie Lester, Lexington


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