KPA accepting nominations for 2020 Vice President

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 2020 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.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 18, 2019.

The person elected by the membership to serve as 2020 KPA Vice President will then begin an ascension to President. The person will serve 2020 as Vice President, 2021 as President-Elect, 2022 as President and then 2023 as Past President.

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

Please put in the SUBJECT line — KPA VP Nomination. All nominations will be given to the Nominating Committee prior to the October Fall Board Retreat, October 24-25. The 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 nomination announcement will be emailed to all publishers after Friday, October 25.

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.
Allison Shepherd LaRue County Herald News
Barbara Atwill The Current
Cathie Shaffer Greenup County News-Times
Charlie VanLeuven Casey County Newsw
Chris Ordway Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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
Regina Catlett Sebree Banner/Sturgis News
Steve Gaines Bowling Green Daily News
Stevie Lowery Lebanon Enterprise
Teresa Scenters Berea Citizen

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