Congratulations to four first-time candidates who pulled off narrow wins to important Fayette County political seats:
▪ Cherlynn Stevenson, owner of an event-planning business and longtime community volunteer, won the House District 88 seat over a former lawmaker for the area. Stevenson, in honor of her schoolteacher mother, joined this year’s protests at the Capitol over teacher pension and education funding. Her activism led to her candidacy.
▪ Tyler Murphy, a Boyle County High School social-studies teacher, will hold the District 2 seat on the Fayette County school board after a win over psychologist and advocate for minority children Shambra Mulder. Murphy stresses that having a teacher’s perspective on the five-member board will lead to policies that improve learning.
▪ Josh McCurn, owner of an insurance agency and president of the McConnell Trace Neighborhood Association, defeated a councilman appointed last year to the District 2 seat. McCurn’s priorities include enhancing public safety and improving communication among neighborhoods in the district.
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▪ Jennifer Reynolds, outreach director of the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and a certified medical interpreter, defeated a former councilwoman for the District 11 council seat. Reynolds, who started a bilingual dance program in the Cardinal Valley area, began working with residents, police, landlords and others on a range of neighborhood issues.
We have no doubt that all four will bring new energy and much enthusiasm to their responsibilities. We wish them well.