I encourage everyone in Fayette County to vote for Kathy Plomin for an at-large seat on Fayette County's Urban County Council. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Plomin has lived and worked in our community for many years and knows Lexington and our needs.
She has also demonstrated leadership in her professional and community life. We need Plomin's skills, knowledge and experience on the Urban County Council.
Foster Ockerman Jr.
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I have worked beside Kentucky Sen. Tom Buford of Nicholasville since 2000 to improve legislation for police and firefighters in Kentucky, particularly in Lexington and Nicholasville.
I can assure my friends, family, police and firefighters of Kentucky that there isn't a smarter or more reasonable senator for working and retired voters.
Buford supports conservative values, and also supports police and firefighter families of Kentucky.
With pride, I ask all my family and friends to support Buford for re-election to the Senate. Every day I see his hard work, and I'm so proud to call him my friend and supporter.
True most qualified
Renee True is the only qualified candidate for Fayette County's property valuation administrator. She is a certified Kentucky assessor, a senior Kentucky assessor and a licensed Realtor.
True has 28 years of real-estate experience and more than 23 years in the PVA office. Under her leadership, True and her staff served us exceptionally well.
O'Neill a great PVA
Renee True, Fayette County's former property valuation administrator, is delusional if she thinks Lexington residents will once again elect her to the position from which she resigned in order to have a bigger pension before state retirement rules changed.
And now? She wants to get the job back so she can double-dip from our pockets and from our tax dollars. Show her in May that Lexingtonians are smarter than that.
Our current property valuation administrator, David O'Neill, has cut budgets twice, increased office technology and improved public education about property values and ownership. In just one year as PVA, O'Neill has made a great difference in the office. Vote for O'Neill on May 18 so he can keep up the great work.
I met Kathy Witt in 1998 as she began her first campaign for the office of Fayette County sheriff. At that time, I believed that she had a deep and caring concern for the safety and well-being of citizens
Over time, that belief has not diminished. Witt has worked tirelessly to protect our most precious gifts — our children — from the lure of sexual predators. And she continues to work to strengthen laws that protect and provide safe refuge for all victims of domestic violence.
I urge all citizens of Lexington and Fayette County to keep Witt as our sheriff.
Todd has experience
The Fayette County constable's responsibilities include serving official court documents, pursuing estranged defendants in court matters, overseeing forcible evictions and other legal issues.
Placing these services in the hands of the most qualified and certified candidate is a quiet but important function of residing in a safe community.
Kevin Todd is a decorated, retired police officer with over 20 years of experience in serving law enforcement in Central Kentucky. I encourage readers to choose the only candidate who has any law enforcement experience and vote to elect Todd as Fayette County constable.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Trey Grayson just doesn't get it.
People are tired of politicians who will do anything to get elected. They are tired of dirty games and manipulative tricks to try to change public opinion without regard to the facts.
Grayson's attack ads are full of out-of-context snippets of video and untrue statements about opponent Rand Paul.
Paul has been polite in calling these ads "intellectually dishonest," but they are much more than that. I'm not sure what they call them where Grayson lives, but in our part of Kentucky we call them lies.
Grayson doesn't understand that we, the people, are sick of lying politicians and we're not sending any more of them to Washington. Grayson's actions are desperate, pathetic and lack integrity. He stands little chance of winning this primary and if his behavior continues, he will have little chance of winning any other election in this state.
Pratt has passion
Don Pratt is running for an at-large council seat on Lexington's Urban County Council, and he deserves our support and votes.
He is a native Lexingtonian who has been involved in every important local and national cause throughout his life. He has always questioned what is wrong and advocated for what is right for our community and country. I have known him for many years and have been impressed with his passion for progressive issues and movements. Passion, when combined with power, leads to success and maximum results in any endeavor.
If elected, Pratt will bring to the council his passion, along with ideas, commitment and willingness to work hard. His passion will be a constant source of energy for the council and, combined with council's power, will lead to measures for the improvement of our community.
Let us vote for him.
Surjit Singh Dhooper
I am a court employee who is retired after more than 30 years of service in both Fayette district and circuit courts.
I endorse Judge Maria Ransdell for re-election to the Fayette district court. She has served for 13 years and has the experience, integrity, dedication to fairness and the energy required to serve the people of Lexington in this important position.
Fayette County and the court system need conscientious and qualified leaders, and Ransdell is such a leader. Please join me in re-electing her to the Fayette district court bench.
Kerr's voice missing
I couldn't help but notice that my state senator, Alice Forgy Kerr, was not among those quoted in the "Legislative Review: In Their Own Words" in the April 25 Opinions and Ideas section.
It couldn't have been because she didn't have anything to say. By her actions and votes, Kerr had plenty to say to the thousands of people in her district who work in the struggling Thoroughbred industry.
But that short phrase isn't printable in a family newspaper.