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Assessor running for County Council

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

When the primaries ended May 8, both the Democratic and Republican parties had vacancies on the ballots for the November general election. They have until mid-summer to fill those slots.

The Republican Party filled one of those places Monday when Fayette County Assessor Kathy Rhodes, who did not see re-election, filed as a candidate for the Fayette County Council, District 2, seat.

That seat is being vacated by Democrat Dale Strong, who is running for the County Commissioner, District 1, seat. Republican Leota King did not seek re-election to that position.

Rhodes said the council seat is not full-time and fits her schedule.

“I just felt called to do it and I want to stay involved,” she said. “While in the assessor’s office, I really respected Dale (Strong) and his work. He was so nice when he had to go to council meetings and at budget time.”

Being in the assessor’s office 12 years has placed her at the very beginning of the budget process but there is still a lot to learn, Rhodes said.

She has already attended a class about budget writing, she said.

“I don’t have an agenda,” she said.

“Kathy has always been one of our top vote getters,” said Sam Harvey, former GOP county chair.

Other local Democratic vacancies on the ballot are prosecutor, auditor and Council Districts 2 and 4. The Republicans still don’t have candidates for county surveyor and Commissioner District 1.

The Republican and Democratic parties have until June 30 to conduct a caucus to select a candidate to fill a vacancy. By July 3, paperwork for the candidacy must be filed at the county clerk’s office.

School board candidates must file for office between July 25 and Aug. 24. The school board election is nonpartisan – candidates do not run as Democrat or Republican.

The General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6.