Pair of local candidates withdraw from primary races

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Lance Shore, Craig Davis remove names from contention

By Marty Finley

Two more names have fallen off the candidate board for the Hardin County primary ballots.


Residential appraiser Lance Shore has withdrawn his candidacy for Radcliff City Council while Grayson County resident Craig Davis, a Republican, withdrew his name from the 18th District House race.

Both men’s names will appear on the ballot, but notices will be placed at precincts alerting voters of their withdrawal, Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said. Any votes cast for them will not be counted, Tabb said.

Similar notices will be placed regarding Davis’ withdrawal in Grayson County. The 18th District encompasses all of Grayson and a sliver of western and central Hardin County.

Shore said he entered the council race in January because he wanted to give back to the community. He works with a local mentoring program and considered public office after his wife said he would make a strong council member.

But Shore said he has been juggling school with his trade as an appraiser and received an attractive opportunity to pursue desired certifications, which would further his career and allow him to better support his family.

“I knew my summer would be pretty busy,” he said.

Choosing to take advantage, he said he knew something would have to give.

“So the council race was put on the back burner,” he said.

Shore wished all of the other candidates good luck and did not rule out a future bid for public office.

Shore’s departure narrows the large field of candidates for the six council seats to 18.

Davis departed the state House race for the 18th District after it was revealed late last month he was registered to vote as a Democrat.

Davis indicated his intention to withdraw out of respect to the Republican Party, vowing to rectify the error, which he said was a mistake he attributed to lessening vision. He voiced plans to pursue public office again.

Grayson County Clerk Sherry Weedman said Davis registered his political affiliation as a Democrat in 2009.

Davis could not be reached Thursday for comment.

He was one of three Republicans vying for the seat. The race instead will be decided between former health care administrator Stephen Meredith of Leitchfield and Elizabethtown commercial pilot Tim Moore, who is an incumbent. No Democrats are vying for the seat.

Tabb said three candidates in all have withdrawn from local races as of Thursday afternoon.

Dwayne E. Mollison Sr., a local business owner and associate minister, cited multiple family health issues that have demanded time, withdrawing from the Republican primary for county clerk.

Sandy Byerly of Vine Grove remains the sole Republican candidate for county clerk. She has spent 26 years working for the same office in Jefferson County.

The Democratic primary will match Debbie Donnelly, who works in the Hardin County Clerk’s Office, and Bruce Reeves, a retired state trooper who works in the real estate and auction business.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.