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Here are your choices for the constitutional offices you’ll be voting for on Election Day, November 5

First of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and Attorney General tomorrow as well as special local elections

On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill the constitutional offices of Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary of State.

If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com.

Northern Kentucky has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the state — and the Secretary of State has predicted only a 31% voter turnout in the election. No one will be unhappy if NKY can prove that prediction wrong.

See also, for complete voter information, the nonpartisan Vote for NKY site. See connection below.

Click here, to see candidate survey responses for the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s Voter Guide, along with more profiles and links to other surveys.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t forget about KIDS VOTING. See story here — and take your kids to the polls. Kids follow adults’ examples.


Sheri Donahue, Democrat

Sheri Donahue was born in a small town outside of Louisville. She received a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue and has spent most of her 30-year professional career working for U.S. Navy. She also worked with the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Humana. She has spent her career protecting our safety and our tax dollars. She is a single mother who knows the struggle of so many women across Kentucky to balance home and career. Her son, Ryan, is a 2018 graduate of UK.

Kyle Hugenberg, Libertarian

An experienced CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) Hugenberg has worked for years in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and payment processing industries providing assurance that processes are appropriately and well-controlled. He has performed SOX 404 compliance engagements, as well as operational and risk-based audits in a variety of staffing arrangements, including in-sourced, staff augmentation, and full outsource engagements. Other professional work experience includes financial analysis performing database querying, budgeting, forecasting, and margin analysis, as well as preparing reports for executive management.

Mike Harmon, Republican, Incumbent

First elected Auditor of Public Accounts in 2015, Harmon had previously served 13 years as state representative for the people of Boyle and Casey County, and formerly Washington County, in District 54. He has become the first Auditor to examine the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) as well as the Administrative Office of the Courts. He learned responsible and ethical business practices in the insurance and banking industries. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with degrees in math, statistics, and theater. Mike and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters and two grandsons.


Michael Bowman, Democrat

Raised in the Valley Station neighborhood, Bowman is a life-long resident of Louisville. He attended Holy Cross High School, and with his passion for art, he attended the University of Louisville’s Fine Arts program. Bowman was raised in a union family. He has been active in his local community, volunteering at the Sun Valley Community Center, serving on the Southwest Festival Committee, and being active in local politics volunteering for numerous campaigns. He began his working career in restaurants while in college, working his way up to General Manager for Yum! Brands. In 2011, he was asked to serve as Regional Coordinator for the Southwest members of the Louisville Metro Council and in 2012 was appointed as chief Legislative Assistant to District 14 Councilwoman Cindi Fowler. In 2017, Michael returned to the private sector as a Bank Officer and Branch Manager for one of the largest banks in the country, successfully managing a multi-million dollar financial portfolio.

Allison Ball, Republican, Incumbent

Allison Ball’s family has lived in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky since the 1790’s. As the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth, she was the nation’s youngest woman to serve in a statewide position and the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in office. Ball launched a website that makes it easier for Kentuckians to see how the state government is spending their money (www.transparency.ky.gov) and established a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities called STABLE Kentucky. She also established the Financial Empowerment Coalition and Database, focused on improving the financial literacy of Kentuckians. Allison practiced bankruptcy law with a focus on consumer rights and commercial litigation and spent four years as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases. She holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is married to Taylor County native, Asa James Swan, and they have one son, Levi.

Agriculture Commissioner

Robert Conway, Democrat

Conway is owner of farms in Scott and Harrison counties, an 8th generation family farmer in Kentucky. His family has farmed in Kentucky since 1782 and his farm has been in the family since 1876. A graduate of the Georgetown High School and the University of Kentucky, he is currently operations manager of C&S Transportation and is former regional manager of GE Capitol and former national accounts manager for Aurora Holding LLC. He is a member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Scott County Beef Cattle Association, the Kentucky Cattleman Association, and a former officer of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and member of Rotary International. He served for 11 years on the Scott County School board and as board chair and is a current district supervisory of Scott County Soil and Water Conservation Board. He and his wife, Millicent Butcher Conway, have four sons and one grandson.

Josh Gilpin, Libertarian

Gilpin is chairman of the Libertarian Party of Graves County and lives in Sedalia. He is a master in freemasonry. He manages Sedalia Restaurant. He graduated from Graves County High school. No photo available.

Ryan Quarles, Republican, Incumbent

Under Quarles’ leadership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has started several new programs, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets. He has also supported the expansion of Kentucky’s diverse agricultural portfolio to include industrial hemp, kenaf, and hops, leading to the rise of Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Program. Under his direction, the KDA continues to look for more opportunities for Kentucky farmers to grow domestic and international markets. Quarles is a ninth-generation farmer and grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County. Quarles graduated from the University of Kentucky with three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees. In 2008, he was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, where he studied higher education, government, and law and earned a Master’s degree in higher education. He finished his last year of law school at UK and completed his doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

Secretary of State

Heather French Henry, Democrat

Henry has been a local, state and national advocate for military veterans and their families for over 20 years. She has served both Gov. Beshear and Gov. Bevin as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Her role in the department provided oversight for nearly 900 employees. Her responsibilities included developing legislative policy for the department and assisting with the overall strategy for the department’s budget of nearly $100 million. Her father, Ronnie French, a disabled Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. She took her family’s experiences with her father’s healthcare and military issues nationwide to develop partnerships with federal government agencies and local community service organizations. During her year of service as Miss America 2000, she worked in the halls of Congress and held strategic meetings with the White House. Henry is from Maysville and Augusta. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning. She is married to Dr. Stephen L. Henry, former Lt. Governor of Kentucky and have two daughters, Harper Renee and Taylor Augusta.

Michael G. Adams, Republican

Adams grew up in McCracken County and attended public schools. He volunteered at age 16 for Bush/Quayle ’92 and eventually took strategic roles in local Republican campaigns. He worked his way through college, becoming the first graduate in his family. He went to Harvard Law School and after working for Sen. McConnell, Gov. Fletcher and President George W. Bush’s Justice Department, he was named General Counsel for the Republican Governors Association, and for the last 11 years has helped them compete in governors’ races in all 50 states. He has built a successful Republican election-law practice, where he has represented Vice President Mike Pence’s political committee, the National Federation of Republican Women, and scores of other conservative candidates, committees and causes. In 2016, he was treasurer and counsel to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a Super PAC targeting Kentucky state house districts. Gov. Bevin appointed him to the Kentucky State Board of Elections, where he served for a year and a half before resigning to run for Secretary of State. Kentucky’s Secretary of State chairs the State Board of Elections and is the Commonwealth’s top elections official. He is married to Christina; they have one child.

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