Deadlines today: Nominations for KPA Vice President; Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8 on KPA Board

It’s the time of year when KPA begins preparing for the following year and one of those duties is electing the next  KPA Vice President.

We’re still in a fairly new process, adopted in January 2018 by the KPA Board of Directors, and we are using On Second Thought to notify members of the process and to open nominations for the 2021 KPA Vice President.

The eligibility requirements remain unchanged from the past. To be eligible, an individual must have served or be serving as an elected member of the KPA Board of Directors or must have served three consecutive years as a State At-Large Board member. The individual must be currently employed as a full-time staff member of a KPA member newspaper.

Those eligible may self-nominate by sending the email to Jay Nolan as indicated and including a newspaper-career resume with the email.

Deadline for nominations is today — Friday, October 23.

Today is also the deadline for nominations to the KPA Board for Districts 1, 2, 7 and 8. Newspaper publishers in those districts have received a letter and nomination form. Board seats are open to any full-time employee working in that respective district for a KPA newspaper.

Counties in the four districts and the current Board member are:

District 1 – Loyd Ford, The Lake News Calvert City —  Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken counties

District 2 – Josh Givens, Central City Leader News — Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties

District 7 – Jeff Moore, Carrollton News Democrat — Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties

District 8 – Dennis Brown, Lewis County Herald — Bath, Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson and Rowan counties

Back to the Vice President nominations

The person elected by the membership to serve as 2021 KPA Vice President will then begin an ascension to President. The person will serve 2021 as Vice President, 2022 as President-Elect, 2023 as President and then 2024 as Past President.

Based on the criteria and the new process, you may nominate one individual from the list below by emailing the Jay Nolan, Nominating Committee chair, at These are the individuals we have determined to be qualified under the Bylaws requirements.

Please put in the SUBJECT line — KPA VP Nomination. The Nominating Committee will then present the names of at least two of those persons but no more than three names, to the full Board. The Board may then add one more name to the list of nominees.

Once the Board approves the list of nominees, the names of those nominated by the Board will be submitted to all KPA member newspapers and invited to vote for Vice President. One vote per newspaper is allowed. The nominee names with a ballot will be emailed to all publishers in mid-November.

We believe the list below to be accurate and represents all individuals who meet the qualifications to be a KPA Vice President. The individuals listed are or have either been an elected member of the KPA Board of Directors or have served three consecutive years as a State At-Large Board member. Names are in alphabetical order by the first name. You may nominate ONE individual below. To make the nomination, email, in the SUBJECT line put KPA VP Nomination and put the name of the individual in the text of the email.

The new policy also states that any person who has served as KPA President is not eligible to serve again even if technically eligible to be nominated.

We believe this to be a complete list of those eligible. If you were an elected Board member or served at least three consecutive years as a State At-Large Board member and you are not listed, please notify me at to add your name to the list.
Please note: Three individuals on the list — Donn Wimmer, Kelley Warnick and Stevie Lowery — have said they are not interested in serving as KPA Vice President.

Allison Shepherd

LaRue County Herald News

Barbara Atwill

The Current

Charlie VanLeuven

Casey County News

Chris Ordway

Elizabethtown News Enterprise

Dave Taylor

Hancock Clarion

Dennis Brown

Lewis County Herald

Donn Wimmer

Hancock Clarion

Glenn Gray

Manchester Enterprise

James Scogin

Georgetown News-Graphic

Jane Ashley Pace

Oldham Era/Henry County Local

Jeff Moore

Carrollton News-Democrat

Jessica Butler

Beattyville Enterprise

Josh Givens

Central City Leader News

Josh Smith

Three Forks Tradition

Keith Taylor

Berea Citizen

Kelley Warnick

Gallatin County News

Mark Hoskins

Manchester Enterprise

Steve Gaines

Bowling Green Daily News

Stevie Lowery

Lebanon Enterprise

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