Friday, January 29, 2010


Convicted Felons Could Challenge For Office

Depending on the outcome of the primaries, two convicted felons could end up facing off against each other in the November election for Knott County Judge-Executive. In the last few weeks, Donnie Newsome, a Democrat who resigned the Knott County judge-executive's office in 2005 after he lost an appeal in his vote-fraud case, filed to run for the office again. His civil rights were restored August 27, 2008, by Governor Steve Beshear, and he has voted since then, making him an eligible candidate. In the May primary, Newsome is running against Herbert Dean Hall of Kite and Ronnie Watts of Garner. If successful, Newsome will face current judge-executive Randy Thompson of Hindman. Thompson, who was appointed to fill Newsome's seat, was sentenced last year to 40 months in prison for a scheme to use county and state money for paving roads and private drives to influence the 2006 election remains free while awaiting results of an appeal in his own vote-buying case. He is running unopposed in the primary.

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