Which candidates in key races have perfect voting records and which don't?

05/15/2012 01:47 PM

Just three of the seven Republicans running for Congress in Northern Kentucky’s 4th District have perfect attendance in voting in the last five elections, according to Board of Elections records.

Alecia Webb-Edgington, the state representative from Kenton County, Marcus Carey, a lawyer from Owen County, and Gary Moore, the Boone County judge-executive, voted in every primary and general election dating back to 2006, according to the voting records obtained through an open records request.

Thomas Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, missed voting in the 2007 primary election. Phil Moffett, Massie’s campaign chairman, said Massie didn’t recall why he didn’t vote but remembered that year’s primary, which featured a competitive Republican governor’s race between Gov. Ernie Fletcher, former Congresswoman Anne Northup and Paducah businessman Billy Harper.

Massie also first registered to vote in Lewis County on April 11, 2006 – about five years after he said he moved back to Kentucky from the East Coast where he had been running a business.

Massie maintained dual residence in New Hampshire and Kentucky even after selling the company so he could help with the transition and didn’t switch over his registration to Kentucky until before the 2006 primary, Moffett said.

Two other candidates in the GOP primary race had a voter participation rate of 70 percent over the last five election years.

Tom Wurtz, a Fort Mitchell business consultant, missed the spring primary elections in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“That was probably during my sleep period,” he said. “I didn’t start waking up until, gosh, 2009. June 2010 is when I walked into the tea party meeting.”

And Walter Schumm, an Oldham County developer who has served as a school board member since 2003, failed to vote in the 2008 Republican primary and both the primary and general election in 2011.

Schumm said he had no excuse for missing those elections. He said between his job building homes and his seat on the school board, he has sometimes gotten busy and not made it to the polls.

“It’s a poor excuse. I should have waited ‘til they were open in the morning but a lot of times I’ll leave before then and get back after. And I just flat missed it,” Schumm said.

Brian Oerther, a teacher from Oldham County, hasn’t missed voting since the 2006 Republican primary.

Primary contests often feature candidates touting their party loyalty and voting records and lifelong party registration status are two such examples.

Webb-Edgington, who grew up in a Republican family in Edmonson County, and Carey have said they both have been lifelong Republicans. Moore said he changed his registration from being a Democrat to Republican in the mid-1990s.

“I just came to the realization that I was part of the wrong party,” Moore said. “The Democratic party, as Reagan said, left me. I just realized that wasn’t where my beliefs aligned.”

4th Congressional District Democrats missed elections

In the 4th Congressional District Democratic primary, neither candidate had a perfect voting record.

Bill Adkins missed voting in the 2007 Democratic primary, the year the gubernatorial ticket of Steve Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo beat five other Democratic tickets for the nomination. Overall, he voted in nine of the last 10 elections.

Charles Greg Frank moved to Kentucky from Florida in time for the 2008 elections. But he missed voting in the 2010 primary and the 2011 primary elections, making his total attendance four out of the last six.

19th State Senate Democrats feature unblemished records

All four Democrats vying to be the next state senator from Louisville’s 19th District had perfect voting records.

Both Sarah Lynn Cunningham and Morgan McGarvey have been registered in Jefferson County as Democrats since each was 18 years old – Cunningham in 1975 and McGarvey in 1998.

McGarvey, Cunningham, Amy Shoemaker and Gary Demling each voted in all five Democratic primaries and five general elections dating back to 2006.

Tea Party activists show recent engagement

Voting records for a pair of tea party activists from two different parties have shown sporadic voting until the 2010 election.

Scott Reed, a Republican challenging Rep. Bob DeWeese in the 48th House District in Louisville, failed to vote in the primary elections in 2006, 2007 and 2008. But he has voted in every election since the 2008 general election.

And Wendy Caswell, a Democrat running against Rep. Reginald Meeks in the 42nd House District in Louisville, is a former president of the Louisville Tea Party. She didn’t vote in the 2006 primary or the 2007 primary or general elections but has made it to the polls in each of the last three primary and three general elections.

Both incumbents — DeWeese and Meeks — had perfect voting records over the last five election years.

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