hopkinsville mayoral race

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 Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks is running for reelection in November 2018.

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Republican Carter Hendricks has won the race for Mayor of Hopkinsville against Democrat Joey Pendleton and Independent Walter Shamble with 57 percent of the vote.


The Madisonville City Council is considering making its mayor and city council elections non-partisan, which would eliminate those primaries.

City Councilman Mark Lee has led the move. He said most other cities—404 out of 418 in Kentucky—elect their city officials in non-partisan elections.

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The three candidates for Hopkinsville mayor agreed on some issues like supporting the Inner City Residential Enterprise Zone Program in today’s WKMS-sponsored debate. But, of course, they disagreed on several others.

Below you’ll find what each candidate said on a select number of topics including jobs and whether or not local elections should be partisan or non-partisan. The full debate is also available in the player above.

Listen to our Hopkinsville Mayoral Forum with the three candidates running for office this November. We broadcast this forum live at noon on September 5 from the Murray State Regional Campus multi-purpose room. The complete audio is now online:

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Join us for a Hopkinsville Mayoral Forum from Murray’s Regional Campus multi-purpose room, starting at Noon on Friday, September 5.   The race includes three candidates – Democrat Joey Pendleton, Independent Walter Shamble and Republican Carter Hendricks.  The community is invited to participate in this live radio broadcast.


The race to become Hopkinsville's next mayor is generating quite a bit of fundraising – easily outpacing other local mayoral races.

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Hopkinsville’s Democratic and Republican primaries have produced the two candidates to face off in November’s mayoral race. 

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A fifth candidate is likely to emerge in the Hopkinsville mayoral race.

Independent Candidate Walter Shamble has filed his letter of intent with the county clerk’s office, ahead of an April 1st deadline. 


The race to become Hopkinsville’s next mayor is getting interesting, as both major political parties now have primary contests set for May.

Willie Kendrick, a retired real estate broker and former member of the Murray State University Board of Regents, will challenge former state Sen. Joey Pendleton in the Democratic primary.