Local candidates campaign late into the afternoon

Matt Stephens, of Bowling Green, wavies to supporters in hopes to get them to vote for him at the polls for City Commissioner during the Nov. 8, 2016 election in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “It’s very humbling to see the all the support I’ve gotten. It’s really cool to wave at people, point at them, and make eye contact,” Stephens said. (Jeff Brown/Herald)

Natalie Perry

The intersection of Nashville Road and Broadway avenue was a political frenzy this afternoon. Each corner of the intersection was littered with political signs for the City Commission, House of Representatives and presidential races.

A chorus of cars horns acknowledged their favored candidate when they passed their respective corner. The dreary election day did not stop Matt Stevens, Melinda Hill, Jody Richards and Dan Rudloff from late-afternoon campaigning.

Stevens was located on the Walgreens corner of the intersection, with his yard sign duct taped to a wooden handle. Stevens mentioned he had been out on the corner all day. He found that the intimacy of looking people in their eyes as they gave him the thumbs up was very humbling. Adorning his “I voted” sticker on the pocket of his shirt, he said that politics are a private thing for him.

“Doing this makes people smile,” Stephens said. “This day has been really fun.”

Hill, candidate running for a Kentucky House of Representatives seat, posted up with her college roommate on the southwest corner of the intersection. Hill had been out on the corner since 11 a.m. only leaving her corner to vote and get some lunch.

“I have had nightmares for I don’t know how many weeks that I didn’t get out to vote and I was too late,” Hill said as she waved at potential voters.

On the northwest corner of the intersection, Douglas Hurt of Bowling Green held up a sign that read “This election sucks”. Hurt walked up and down the side of Nashville Road, proudly displaying his sign to the traffic stopped at the light. Identifying as a Libertarian, Hurt cast his vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate. Hurt would like to see the Libertarian party represented in the major presidential elections. He would consider this election a success if the Libertarian vote gained at least 5 percent of the polls.

“This is the most embarrassing election this country has ever seen,” Hurt said.

Reporter Natalie Perry can be reached at 270-745-6011 and at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @natalie__carter.


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