FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A long-time state representative has resigned his seat to become Calloway County judge-executive in a game of political musical chairs in that western Kentucky county.
Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, who has served a total of seven terms in the House, 1972-1979 and 2013 until Monday, was named by Gov. Matt Bevin to fill the vacancy created when Larry Elkins stepped down at the end of September.
Imes was retiring from the House’s fifth district, which contains Calloway and part of Trigg County, to run for judge-executive, while Elkins resigned early from his county government position, since he is running for Imes’ House seat and would not qualify for pension benefits under the current state pension system.
Elkins leaves county government after nearly 20 years in office.
Imes also formerly served as a Kentucky Natural Resources Cabinet Commissioner and deputy secretary, Department of Agriculture director, and Calloway County magistrate.
“I have devoted all of my adult life to serving others, both as a funeral director and public servant in state and local government,” said Imes. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to continue that service to my fellow Calloway Countians as their judge/executive.”
Imes has three opponents in the November General Election: Democrat James Gallimore, Veterans Party of America candidate Vincent Costello and Independent William Marcum.
Elkins, also a Republican, will face off against Democrat David Ramey, a one-time broadcaster and sports editor of the Murray Ledger & Times newspaper, before becoming an insurance agent. He graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Integrated Studies.