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Friday, December 28, 2007

Governor Steve Beshear announces dates for special elections, and appoints acting Commissioner for Local Government.

Here are the announcements:

Governor Beshear Signs Executive Orders for Writ of Elections

95th House Seat & 30th Senatorial Seat Elections set for February 5th

FRANKFORT, KY – Governor Steve Beshear today signed two executive orders calling for the special election for the vacant 95th House of Representatives seat and the vacant 30th Senatorial seat to be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

James Brandon Spencer resigned from the General Assembly, by letter dated December 18, 2007. Dr. Daniel Mongiardo’s Senatorial Seat in the 30th District became vacant when Mongiardo was elected Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth and administered the oath of office on December 11, 2007.

Governor Beshear Names Acting Commissioner of Local Government

FRANKFORT, KY (December 28, 2007) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that his chief of staff, Jim Cauley, will serve as the acting Commissioner of the Governor’s Office for Local Government (GOLD).

"This agency is in many ways the Commonwealth’s liaison to the people," Beshear said. "I’m confident that under Jim’s leadership, GOLD will continue to provide services that will enrich the lives of our citizens across the state."

Cauley, a Pikeville native and resident of Louisville, ran Barack Obama’s successful bid for the U.S. Senate. He also recently played a leading role in helping Democratic candidates regain the majority of governorships for the first time since 1994.

A veteran of more than 20 campaigns, Cauley ran the Maryland Fund, an independent expenditure campaign that ran issue advertising about Governor Bob Ehrlich’s record – the only incumbent governor to be defeated in November 2006.

The primary focus of GOLD is to provide assistance to cities, counties and special districts. In addition, the agency administers a wide variety of state and local grants and loans to local governments. It is the only state agency that solely deals with local governments and their elected officials.

As acting commissioner, Cauley also will serve as the chair of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.



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