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Turner faces opposition from Blair for judge/executive

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2010 campaign: LaRue County judge/executive

By Linda Ireland

LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner faces opposition in the May primary from fellow Democrat Ken Blair.

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Turner, 50, is a 1978 graduate of LaRue County High School and earned his bachelors and masters eegrees from Western Kentucky University.

Turner grew up on his family’s farm in Magnolia, working in his father’s welding shop. He clerked sales for an auction company and taught briefly in LaRue County Schools prior to running for judge/executive.

He and his wife Camille have two children, Isaiah, 14 and Anna Grace, 8.

He served as president of Kentucky County Judge/ Executive Association in 1994 and 2004; president of Kentucky Associa-tion of Counties in 1998; is the current vice president of Kentucky Association of Counties; served as vice chair North Central Education Foundation, past chair Lincoln Trail District Board of Health and past chair Lincoln Trail Area Development District. He was co-chair of the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and member of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Blair

Blair, 48, is a 1979 graduate of LaRue County High School and earned bachelors (government, political science and history) and masters (secondary education and history) degrees from Western Kentucky University.

He served in the U.S. Navy 1980-82.

He is married with children.

He has been an economics teacher at Bullitt East High School since 2005; is gatekeeper at Hodgenville City Pool; and an umpire for LaRue County Youth Baseball League.

He taught social studies at LaRue County High School 1995-2005 and was athletic director for LCHS 1996-98.

Watch for candidate profiles online at www.laruecountyherald.com.