Jonathan Shell

Kentucky’s next agriculture commissioner names transition team

BY: - November 13, 2023

Kentucky’s next agriculture commissioner has appointed more than two dozen people including farmers and Republican elected officials to a transition team that plans to begin its work at the end of the week.  Republican Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture-Elect Jonathan Shell named Steve Kelly of Anderson County and Jon Copley of Oldham County as co-chairs of […]

The parties partied: Election night ’23 photo gallery

BY: - November 8, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear secured a second term as Kentucky governor on Tuesday. Kentucky Republicans won all the down ballot races. Photographers Austin Anthony and Matthew Mueller were at the Democratic and Republican watch parties in Louisville capturing the mood and scene. Here is what they saw.

Kentucky Republicans make a clean sweep of five ‘down ticket’ offices

BY: - November 7, 2023

Republicans made it a clean sweep Tuesday – as they did in 2019 — by winning all five of Kentucky’s so-called “down ticket” races. The winning Republicans were Russell Coleman, attorney general; incumbent Michael Adams, secretary of state; Allison Ball, auditor of public accounts; Mark Metcalf, treasurer, and Jonathan Shell, agriculture commissioner. Senate President Robert […]

Guide to Kentucky’s six statewide races. Early voting starts Thursday.

BY: - November 1, 2023

Kentucky voters are not electing just a governor this fall. Five other constitutional offices are on the “down ballot” — and only one of them, secretary of state, has an incumbent. No-excuse early voting starts Thursday, Nov. 2, and will last through Saturday. Voters can find information, such as address and hours, for their local […]

The ‘voice’ of Kentucky agriculture: Commissioner’s race takes a partisan turn

BY: - October 30, 2023

Any “red meat” in campaigns for commissioner of agriculture has usually pertained to Kentucky’s large beef herd — until now. Republican Jonathan Shell, a former state House floor leader, is dishing out political red meat in his quest for the office, vowing to fight “woke liberals,” serve as “guardian” to the “unborn” and “save” Kentucky […]

GOP ag commissioner candidate Jonathan Shell will not appear on KET’s ‘Kentucky Tonight’

BY: - October 6, 2023

This story has been updated to show that the candidates for attorney general will not appear together on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.” KET had invited them to debate Oct. 16. Kentucky secretary of state and one of the two candidates for agriculture commissioner will answer questions Monday night from Renee Shaw on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.” KET […]

Secretary of State Adams survives challenge from election deniers

BY: - May 16, 2023

Michael Adams’ gloomy prediction last week that he might lose to two election deniers in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for Kentucky secretary of state did not materialize and the state’s top election official since 2019 has a chance to run against Democrat Charles “Buddy” Wheatley in the Nov. 7 general election. The race for secretary […]

‘Down ticket’ races include election denier’s challenge of Republican secretary of state

BY: - May 11, 2023

The harsh words Michael G. Adams and Steve Knipper have exchanged started long before they became rival candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for Kentucky secretary of state. Adams, who has held the office of top state election official since 2019 and is seeking a second four-year term, and Knipper, who was chief of staff […]