Whitesburg KY

Jenkins has most on ballot Tuesday

Voters in the City of Jenkins will decide Tuesday during the May Primary Election whether the sale of alcoholic beverages should be permitted in restaurants that seat at least 50 people.

Mason Gibson, of Jenkins, who describes herself as a voice of the community, said she organized the petition “to bring more businesses to eastern Kentucky and Jenkins most of all.”

“Our main goal is to try to get our city to grow,” said Gibson. “We’re all excited. It’s the first step.”

The way the question will read on the ballot is: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in the City of Jenkins at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 50 persons and which derive at least seventy percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food if the alcoholic beverage is purchased in conjunction with a meal?”

Gibson said most of the citizens with whom she has spoken are in support of limited alcohol sales in Jenkins, which has a population of 2,401 and is a fourth-class city. Jenkins would be the 26th location in the state to approve restaurant-only sales since the Kentucky General Assembly passed a law allowing for such local option elections in 2000.

Whitesburg became the 21st location to approve restaurant- only sales on April 17, 2007, when Whitesburg residents voted by a margin of more than 2 to 1 in favor of legalizing alcohol sales in some restaurants. During the special election 413 people voted in favor of allowing sales of alcohol by the drink in restaurants that can serve at least 100 people with at least 70 percent of sales from food. The no vote totaled 196.

Whitesburg and Seco are the only two towns in Letcher County where the sale of alcoholic beverages is legal in some form. Residents of Seco voted overwhelmingly in 2000 to allow the local Highland Winery to sell wine and beer.

Republican voters have three choices for governor and lieutenant governor including Phil Moffett and Mike Harmon; David L. Williams and Richie Farmer; and Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Holsclaw and Bill Vermillion Jr.

Republicans Bill Johnson and Hilda Legg and Democrats Alison Lundergan Grimes and Elaine Walker are running for secretary of state.

Candidates for auditor of public accounts are Republicans John T. Kemper III and Addia Kathryn Wuchner.

Democrats Steve Hamrick and L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach are candidates for state treasurer.

Running for commissioner of agriculture are Republicans James R. Comer and Rob Rothenburger and Democrats B.D. Wilson,

Robert ‘Bob’ Farmer, Stewart Gritton, John Faris Lackey and David Williams.

Statewide, turnout for the May 17 election could be at a near record low.

That’s the prediction of the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

Walker told reporters Tuesday that she expects as few as 9 percent of the state’s registered voters to cast ballots in a primary to choose nominees for nearly all state-level offices.

Citizens planning to vote next week can find details that may be useful to them online at a website created to make information about voting as accessible as possible.

Visitors to the website www.vote.ky.gov can check their voter registration, find driving directions to their polling places and preview their ballots. There is also a candidate database where voters can see information about candidates submitted to the secretary of state’s office.

The service was created by the secretary of state’s office with support from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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