ELKTON, Ky. — The last time the two candidates for the Todd County judge-executive's post met, Cecil Mallory won fairly easy over Kent Knight in the 1998 Democratic Primary.
That was then, they say, and this is now.
And as the two candidates for the county's top spot square off once again in next Tuesday's general election, they find themselves on different sides of the coin — both politically and on how the county should be run.
Knight is now a Republican. And although he doesn't directly address the problems Mallory has had since the last time they were running against each other for the judgeexecutive's post, he will tell you that he's tired of seeing the elected magistrates in Todd County unable to represent their constituents' wishes.
"If elected I will be fair and honest to everyone," Knight said. "And I will do the job to the best of my ability to better serve the people of Todd County."
Mallory — with nearly 25 years under his belt running the county — has run into several problems since 1998, but still was able to survive a scare in the May Democratic Primary to put himself in position to claim his seventh term as judgeexecutive — if he wins next week.
Despite recent controversy with the Health Board tax and the payroll tax earlier this summer, Mallory said he feels that, with such things as a push toward Todd County industrial recruitment and yearly budget crunches looming on the horizon, he is the best man for the job.
"It bothers me what might
Todd judge-executive hopes to retain office happen to this county if my opponent were elected," Mallory said. "I know Mr. Knight. I know his education. I know his work habits… and he has no management experience.
"Those are the reasons that I would be worried if he were elected," Mallory said. "It would be a problem (for Todd County) if my opponent were elected."
Knight, a former farmer who left agriculture when he was hurt in a farming accident in 1996, promised to take action on the tax burden and to "give the (fiscal) court back to the people."
"One thing that we would do is schedule Fiscal Court to a different time so that it would be more convenient for the people," he said. "It's time for a change."
With tight elections in the mayoral and city council races in both Elkton and Guthrie, Todd County Court Clerk Billy Fowler said nearly half of the 7,900 registered voters in the county could show up at the polls on Election Day.
"I think the turnout will be nearly 50 percent," Fowler predicted. "When we had all those tight races in the spring primaries, we had 54 percent turnout. That was good, and with the mayors' races it should be just as good if not better."
Here is a breakdown on the other races that Todd County voters will decide on Election Day:
In another countywide contest, Deputy Property Value Administrator and Democratic candidate Perry Stokes and local Republican minister Chad Duke will vie for the seat held by longtime PVA Virgil Monroe. Monroe is retiring after 29 years.
Two seats on Todd Fiscal Court are up for grabs. Roy Addison Jr., a Democrat who now represents District 1, faces competition from Independent candidate Larry Ross. In District 4, Democratic Brent Spurlin, faces a challenge from Republican candidate Tami Duke.
In the nonpartisan county school board races. Libby Rager Ross and Allen Tatum will vie for the 1st Educational District seat and Glenda W. Bell will face Vickie Osborne Boyd for the 4th Educational District seat.
In Elkton, incumbent Mayor John Walton is being challenged by Todd County Fiscal Court Magistrate Johnny Groves for the city's top spot.
Nine candidates vie for six seats on Elkton City Council. They are Marvin Davidson, Nancy Camp, Eugene Jefferson, Brad Shemwell, Leona Robey Bockweg, Greg Allen, Robert "Tiny" Dickerson, Danny Laster and David Allen Powell.
In Guthrie, Mayor Scott Marshall is being challenged by James Johnson.
Ten hopefuls vie for six seats on Guthrie City Council. They are Keith Fournier, Michael J. Smith, Pam Covington Turner, David England, Tommy L. Mackey, Mary Charles Reading, Wayne L. Ezell, Bobby Graham, George L. Winters and Tom Ellis.
Guthrie voters also will vote on a referendum involving a city annexation.
In Trenton, Craig R. Hines runs unopposed for mayor and four candidates for the city commission — Lelia C. Cole, Jimmy Allen, Crystal Dodd and Glover Williams — will be elected to the four positions available on the commission.