Conservative Navy Vet Running as Independent in 51st Dist. Special Election

Former Adair Co. Republican Timothy Shafer has gathered 114 signatures and will be listed as an independent on the Nov. 2 ballot for the 51st House Dist. special election.

Shafer, a Navy veteran, told Kentucky Fried Politics he already has billboards up in Taylor and Adair Co., he’s been on local radio for a month, he’s been walking door-to-door, and has television commercials ready to roll out to go out the vote.

The recently registered independent is a former Republican, who says he is very conservative. Shafer is running in the election as an outsider, not beholden to any political party, and says he’s in the race on behalf of working people.

Shafer lamented the current political system and said he would like to see a return to working across the aisle to get things done.

“If you’re going to accomplish things you need to be able to work together,” he said in a phone interview.

Voters in Adair and Taylor County will cast their ballots to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. John “Bam” Carney. Democrats have chosen former Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers as their nominee, and Republicans have nominated Michael “Sarge” Pollock an insurance risk advisor in Campbellsville in the special election.