We are still better than 5 weeks away from Election Day, but early voting officially gets underway today. You can vote, beginning today, from 8 am to 4 pm in Room 103 at the Fayette County Courthouse, Monday thru Friday. Early voting will also be available on Saturday, October 22nd, 29th and November 5th from 9 am to 1 pm.
For Fayette County Voters, there are three county-wide contested elections. Republican Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison is running for a second term and is challenged by former Democrat State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel. Republican Kathy Emerick is running for a second term as Circuit Clerk and is challenged by Democrat Ashley Towler. And, Fayette County Republican Coroner Bruce Bowen is running for a fifth term in office and he is challenged by Democrat Lori Carter. Six of the 7 County Board districts has uncontested races in the November Election. The only contested race is in District One, where longtime Democrat board member Jean Finley is running for re-election and is challenged by Republican Jenny Waggoner. There are contested races for Judge in the 5th District Appellate Court where Democrat Brad Bleyer is taking on Republican John B. Barberis, Junior and Republican James “Randy” Moore is taking on Democrat Jo Beth Weber. There is also the race for U.S. Senate as Republican Mark Kirk is running for re-election and is challenged by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. And, of course the Presidential Election that has been focused on for about a year is finally coming up for election, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump squaring off.