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McCracken County’s new Judge Executive Bob Leeper is beginning his term working to clean up a messy audit. Kentucky’s State Auditor found several discrepancies among the county’s financial report, including lack of receipts for credit card payments, overpayment of employees, mishandling of budget surpluses, and general sloppiness.

Retiring State Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah has pre-filed legislation to loosen requirements for municipal utility commissioners. 

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Former 2nd District State Senator Bob Leeper is McCracken County’s new Judge-Executive. 

The independent beat Democrat Jeff Hines by 319 votes to succeed current Judge-Executive Van Newberry.  

Lance Dennee

The candidates for McCracken County Judge-Executive laid out their plans for improving the local economy.

Democrat and former circuit judge Jeff Hines debated independent 2nd district state senator Bob Leeper for over 45 minutes at the Crisp Center on Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus. 

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The candidates for Kentucky’s 2nd District State Senate seat are at odds over the future of the affordable care act in the commonwealth. 

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UPDATE: The Paducah Sun is reporting incumbent McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry has decided not to run for re-election. Newberry recently changed his party to Independent and had until 4:00 this afternoon to file his paperwork to seek a third term.  Yesterday, retiring district 2 State Senator Bob Leeper filed his paperwork to seek the Judge Executive post. 

In a statement printed in the Sun Newberry said: 

I am proud of my hard work and accomplishments over the last eight years.... I applaud anyone who is willing to step up and take on the task of the county judge-executive. It is not an easy job! If you do this job right, 50-60 hour weeks are much more common than 40 hour weeks. This job requires a huge commitment and will take time away from your family and friends. So, I wish the best of luck to whoever is in this position on January 1, 2015.

Newberry, who is facing felony charges related to changes to a zoning map, said he will be acquitted of those charges when he goes to trial.

ORIGINAL STORY: Outgoing 2nd District state Sen. Bob Leeper has officially filed to run for McCracken County Judge-Executive this fall.

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Easter Seals West Kentucky president Danny Carroll is the Republican nominee for the 2nd District state Senate seat being vacated by Bob Leeper.

Carroll defeated David Hoffman in Tuesday’s primary election, by a 55-45 percent margin.

The first step to replace retiring 2nd District state Sen. Bob Leeper comes in less than three weeks as Paducah Republicans Danny Carroll and David Hoffman fight for their party’s nomination.

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The stage is set for the next McCracken County Judge Executive race, with two candidates filing their letter of intent by today's deadline.

Kentucky’s 2nd District Senator Bob Leeper filed his candidacy statement this morning, and current Judge Executive Van Newberry filed at 3:25 p.m.

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With just 90 days to the primary election contest, candidates for Kentucky’s second district State Senate seat are campaigning for their party’s nomination. Retired law enforcement officer David Hoffman and Danny Carroll mingled among other state and local GOP candidates in Paducah last night.

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