World leaders must value women's lives
I call upon the United Nations to seek a new path toward peace and to include women's voices at every step. ISIL is committing grave human rights abuses, including attacking and enslaving women and girls.
U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues Catherine Russell wrote, "While captive, these women and children have been tortured, raped, given to ISIL thugs as 'brides' or kept as sex slaves. Some have committed suicide to avoid sexual enslavement."
Any response from the international community must take women's needs into account.
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It is also crucial to recognize the role women in the region have played in combating extremism, and to ensure that women are a part of any processes to bring peace to the region.
White for judge-executive
Alayne White is an exceptional candidate for Fayette County judge-executive. She embodies the integrity, fairness, competence and experience needed for this position.
Though limited in scope, the duties of the judge-executive are vital to this community, requiring mature judgment, efficiency, honesty and dedication.
The duties include presiding over the fiscal court that determines and approves expenditures of the county road funds; appointing members to the County Board of Assessment Appeals; appointing successors if there is a vacancy in the offices of sheriff, county clerk, county attorney, coroner and surveyor; and administering the Robert Hughes Scholarship Fund.
A graduate of Centre College and the University of Kentucky, and of Leadership Lexington and Leadership Kentucky, White has served in such positions as the city's commissioner of social services, executive advisor to the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, and executive director of the Women's Center of Central Kentucky.
Vote for excellence. White for judge-executive.
Clarke great councilman
Harry Clarke is not only the kind of person you'd want as your council member, he's the kind of person you'd want as a friend and as a neighbor.
He is as comfortable talking to my son about baseball as he is talking to my daughter about music. He is as comfortable talking to me as he is my wife — even though we are of different political parties.
With Clarke, what you see is what you get — a retired educator dedicated to helping his constituents, friends and neighbors in the 10th District. Serving on council is his full-time goal. He doesn't view the office as a steppingstone to a bigger office, although he would make a great mayor or state representative.
He has been a great councilman but an even better friend and neighbor. You probably can't say that about too many politicians.
Moss for family judge
I am endorsing Jeff Moss for family court judge of Jessamine and Garrard counties.
I lost to Moss in the primary, after Moss received an overwhelming vote of confidence from Garrard County. I care deeply about this judgeship, and my endorsement of Moss is based on personal interaction with him and substantial research.
Moss is approachable, genuine and hardworking. His wife and children (adopted and natural) support him, and it's easy to sense the love they have for each other.
He is professionally qualified, and has the basic core values that a family judge needs.
Several thousand people trusted me with their vote, for which I remain deeply grateful. I hope each of them will consider trusting Moss with their votes on Nov. 4
Time to take charge
Political reporter Sam Youngman writes, "Republican sweep in the November elections."
WKYT's Bill Bryant states, "a Republican sweep in November elections."
Sen. Rand Paul wants a demilitarization of law enforcement. Fox News wants a militarization of groups against law enforcement.
Sen. Mitch McConnell says if elected he will shut down the United States of America. Rep. Andy Barr goes where the wind blows.
So, Kentucky, what are we going to do about this? Continue the same or start taking charge of our lives?
Don't focus on Obama
Why are Mitch McConnell and Andy Barr running against President Barack Obama? The president is not running for office.
Don't allow your feelings for Obama, good or bad, to affect your vote in a statewide election.
Sheriff's office lax on security, should do more to fight crime
I'm Brian Potters and I want to thank Fayette County for the support you've given me throughout this campaign.
As a Marine Corps veteran, I'm proud of this place we call home that continues to support my proven, effective leadership.
As sheriff, I will be more effective in protecting and serving Fayette County. The incumbent wastes tax dollars on storage of equipment, costing $100,000 a year, rather than combating crime in our community.
The incumbent lost control over tens of thousands of outstanding warrants that grow monthly, leaving criminals threatening our neighborhoods. This paper has reported the incumbent's failures in courthouse supervision including multiple security breaches in what should be a safe place. In short, the incumbent has the ability to combat crime in our community, yet fails to complete even the security tasks she does take on. Due to these leadership failures, she did not receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Fayette County deserves better. I am a proven, federally trained law enforcement officer and would give voters their money's worth by enforcing the law and keeping the lights on 24 hours a day.
I will clean up the office and make it transparent. I would hire deputies that reflect our diverse community's demographics, and I do share Anthany Beatty's vision of neighborhood-focused law enforcement.
When you vote next month, ask yourself this question: Would more officers on the street 24 hours a day make us safer? If yes, vote for me, Brian Potters, on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Republican candidate, Fayette sheriff
Practicing in family court best preparation for a judgeship
In selecting a candidate for family court judge, it is vital to have a judge who has been actively engaged in the practice of family law.
I practice in family court on a daily basis and have done so for my entire career. I have represented clients on every docket that a family court judge presides over.
Family court judges handle divorces, custody, child support, domestic violence, truancy, status offenses, dependency, neglect, abuse, terminations of parental rights and adoptions.
Family court touches every member of our community. Family law is my passion and that is why I saw a need to enter into this race.
My career is practicing family law, not politics. The judiciary's role is to apply the law, not create it. The judicial and legislative branches of government play very different roles; experience in one does not necessarily equate to experience in the other.
My everyday interactions with public agencies and programs designed to assist families and children will bring real world experience to the bench.
I will use my background and understanding of this area of law to serve our community.
I hope you will consider me and if you live in Fayette County vote Jennifer McVay Martin on Nov. 4, because experience in the courtroom as a practicing attorney is what matters when selecting a family court judge.
Jennifer McVay Martin
Candidate, family court judge, 6th Division.
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