(ANMNews.com) – Today is the day that many states will hold statewide and executive office elections.
Gubernatorial elections will take place in Kentucky and Mississippi. Louisiana will hold their special election on November 21, 2015.
Various other elections will be held for officeholders in numerous cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others around the country.
It is a civic duty to get out and exercise your right to vote. Today is that day for local politics. Your voice and your vote matter.
Conservative Republican Matt Bevin who won his party’s primary by just 83 votes back in May takes on Democrat Jack Conway, Kentucky’s Attorney General.
This has been a toss-up throughout the campaign season and most insiders predict it will go down to the wire to determine who will become the state’s next Governor.
Bevin, a Louisville businessman, husband, and father of nine is pro-life, supports right-to-work, is against common core, wants to update and simply the tax code, and fix the public retirement system with pension reform.
Conway, the state’s Attorney General, a husband and father of two is pro-choice, against right-to-work, supports expanding early childhood education, and wants to continue with much of what current Gov. Steve Beshear (D) has implemented.
Governor Steve Beshear (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.
Republican Whitney Westerfield, State Senator takes on Democrat Andy Beshear, attorney and son of Gov. Steve Beshear.
Attorney General Jack Conway (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.
Secretary of State:
Republican Stephen Knipper takes on incumbent Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Republican Mike Harmon, State Representative takes on incumbent Democrat Adam Edelen.
Republican Allison Ball, attorney and former staffer to Sen. Mitch McConnell takes on Democrat Rick Nelson, attorney and State Representative.
Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.
Republican Ryan Quarles, State Representative takes on Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, businesswoman and agriculture activist.
James Comer (R) decided not to run for re-election. He ran for Governor and lost in the Republican primary by just 83 votes.
Kentucky polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ohioans will decide if they will become the Buck-High state when they vote on Issue 3, which would amend the state constitution to legalize recreational marijuana use.
If it passes, Ohio will be the first state to do so without first allowing medical marijuana.
Ohio polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Voters are choosing a governor and seven other statewide officials, three public service commissioners, three transportation commissioners, all 174 legislators, and county officials.
They also vote on Initiative 42, which would allow the state legislature to have complete freedom in how they fund their public schools.
Mississippi polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters will decide which party controls the state’s Senate. All 140 seats in Virginia’s General Assembly are up for grabs.
Currently, Republicans control the Senate 21 to 19.
Virginia polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Again, today is the day for local politics. Be sure to do your duty and get out there and vote. Bring a friend and family member. Just vote. It matters.