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February 15, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Bad timing for Smith administration


How times have changed.

Currently the incumbent judges in the four courts that will be on the November ballot have no opponents and none are likely.

Courthouse insiders indicate that the judges lined up along party lines to insure that there would be no new judges elected in Madison County in 2014.

There were potential Republican and Democrat candidates looking to run for a judgeship in Circuit Court Division 2 against incumbent Democrat George Pancol and against incumbent Republican David Happe in Circuit Court Division 4.

Once the dust settled, the veterans on the bench prevailed and it was decided that there would be no contested races for the judgeships this year.

Unusual campaign contribution

After Deena Watkins filed for the Democratic Party nomination for the South District member of the Madison County Board of Commissioners last Friday, she had already received her campaign contribution.

Watkins was holding an envelope with a $2 bill given to her in 1984 by long-time Lapel school government teacher Lucille Rockey.

Senior Reporter Ken de la Bastide’s column publishes Sundays. Contact him at or (765) 640-4863.

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