WHAS11 Political Editor Joe Arnold breaks down all the big races


by WHAS11


Posted on November 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 7:18 PM

(WHAS11) -- There are a number of contentious races locally in Louisville and across the state.
WHAS11 Political Editor Joe Arnold discusses all the races we will be watch closely.

Democrat House Speaker Greg Stumbo's endorsement of President Barack Obama has been used in attack ads against democrats running in house races across the state. Republican floor leader Jeff Hoover believes the GOP can get to a net gain of ten seats. That would make him the first Republican Kentucky House speaker since 1921.

In Jefferson county, Democrat incumbent Rep. Steve Riggs (D) is challenged by well-funded Nick Simon (R).

In Bullitt County, Democrat Incumbent Rep. Linda Belcher (D) is facing a tough battle against  Russell Webber (R)

In Nelson County, it's a tight race between Dick Heaton (D) versus Rep. David Floyd (R).

It's a toss up in southwest Louisville, where it has been a nasty contest in the 37th senate district. Republican Chris Thieneman faces a court challenge to decide if he meets residency requirements versus Democrat incumbent Perry Clark who has been grilled on his use of pot.

Even numbered metro council districts are on the ballot in 2012.

-In district 8, Democrat Tom Owen, an original council member and former city of Louisville Alderman is facing an aggressive challenge by Republican Kirt Jacobs, district 8 metro council candidate, a commercial real estate investment broker who also has worked for the city as an economic development officer.

-District 14 is an open seat with the retirement of Democrat Robert Henderson. His former legislative assistant, Cindi Fowler hopes to succeed him. It's been a controversial campaign with Republicans complaining of misleading "robo-calls." Republican Bob Heuglin is a realtor and manager who wants to reduce the size of local government.

-In district 18, the republican incumbent who was defeated by tea party activist Marilyn Parker in the GOP primary has endorsed the democrat Teague Ridge who has complained about mailers against him.

-Three vacancies on the Jefferson County Board of Education will be filled. The results could influence the future of the controversial student assignment plan. If the school board was not on your ballot, that means your school board district was not up for election this year.