Kentucky executive elections approach

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October 27, 2011

Kentucky state executive official elections, 2011

LEXINGTON, Kentucky: On November 8, Kentucky voters will head to the polls to elect seven state executives including Governor of Kentucky and Lieutenant Governor.

Candidates are pushing hard in these last days even as recent reports indicate that voter turnout is likely to be around 25%,[1]

In the race for governor, Republican David Williams is challenging Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear. Beshear called for a restraining order to halt a set of attack ads. The political group behind the ads had failed to list its donors -- a violation of Kentucky law.[2]

The group, Restoring America, has issued a new report, which reveals that its lone donor is Williams' father-in-law. Now in compliance with the law, it has asked the judge to lift the restraining order.[2]

Vying for the attorney general position are incumbent Jack Conway (D) and Todd P'Pool (R). P'Pool's main platform is fighting the new federal health care act,[3] and he was endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.[4]

Conway is focusing on state issues and efficiency, and has criticized P'Pool for accepting donations from executives of colleges currently under investigation. He has also said, "I'm amazed at what my opponent doesn't know."[3]

For Secretary of State, both candidates pledge to make the office more efficient and user friendly. They strongly disagree, however, on voter issues. Republican Bill Johnson wants a photo-ID requirement for voters, while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says this would disenfranchise many people.[5] Incumbent Trey Grayson (R) is not running for re-election.

In addition to governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state, the other Kentucky offices up for election are State Treasurer, circuit judge, Auditor of Public Accounts, and Commissioner of Agriculture.[6]

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