Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 15, 2012

State Representative Candidates set for Williams' 16th seat

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — Republican state Rep. Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello and Democrat Bill Conn, a Williamsburg Independent School teacher, will square off in a Dec. 18 special election to fill out the unexpired 16th state Senate term of David Williams.

Gregory was nominated Wednesday night by the Republican District Committee covering Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Monroe, Wayne and Whitley counties. She defeated Clinton County attorney David Cross, who also sought the nomination.

Cross may have put in jeopardy his seat on the state Board of Elections with his candidacy, although he doesn’t think so.

According to Lynn Sowards Zellen, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who is the chair of the elections board, Kentucky law (KRS 117.015) forbids a member of the board from being a candidate for office or for having been a candidate for two years prior to appointment.

“I have no plans to resign at this point in time because I don’t perceive it as any problem,” Cross said. He said he believes he would have had to resign only if he had been nominated.

“Pursuing a caucus nomination is not a formal candidacy,” Cross said.

But Zellen said Grimes “examined the statutes, including KRS 117.15, subsection 2, and the definition of a candidate contained in Kentucky Revised Statutes and considered the facts relayed to her by Mr. Cross.”

For the full story, read the Nov. 16 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.