Twelve citizens campaigned for Frankfort's Board of Commissioners: Harry Carver, Tim Childers, Shannon Griffith, Kelly May, Will Prible, Anne Marie Rosen, Diane Strong, Brent Sweger, Kyle Thompson, Leesa Unger, Katrisha Waldridge, and Eric Whisman. The top 8 candidates from the Primary Election run for the General Election. Together Frankfort provides this contact information to encourage citizen involvement in elections.
Together Frankfort encourages citizens to study the platform for each candidate. Voters, particularly young voters, are encouraged to follow Frankfort State Journal articles about the Commission race, which publishes candidates' responses to questions.
We encourage citizens to get in touch with candidates which you support. Learn more about their issues and priorities. If you're supportive, volunteer to help in his or her campaign: distributing candidate's business cards, delivering yard signs, posting flyers, helping arrange for speaking opportunities, organizing Zoom meetings, etc.
The top eight candidates, shown below, from Kentucky's June primary will be on the ballot for the general election on November 3, 2020. The top four candidates from the November 2020 general election will be elected to the Frankfort city commission.
Candidates for the Office of Frankfort City Commissioner
Eric E. Whisman (Incumbent)
P.O. Box 1043
Frankfort KY 40602
Phone (personal): (502)320-9735
City Commission Cell Number: (502)667-2439
Click here to email Eric Whisman (Personal email address)
City Commission email: Ewhisman@frankfort.ky.gov
Katrisha Waldridge (Incumbent)
Phone: (502) 219-7449
City Commissioner cell number: (502) 667-2394
Click here to email Katrisha Waldridge.
The City of Frankfort is organized under the City Manager form of government. Frankfort is led by a 5 member Board of Commissioners, which includes the Mayor and four Commissioners. The Mayor is elected every four years; commissioners are elected every two years. The elections are nonpartisan.
The Board of Commissioners must appoint 1 commissioner as Mayor Pro Tem to act on the Mayor's behalf if that person is unable to attend to his/ her duties. Duties specific to the Mayor include presiding over meetings, signing contracts, serving as the ceremonial head of government, & making appointments to certain boards.
Frankfort is one of only 19 of Kentucky's 400 + cities which operate under the City Manager form of government. Frankfort differs from cities with a Mayor-Council plan or Commission plan, because while ultimate responsibility and control over executive and legislative authority rests with the Board of Commissioners as a whole, the day-to-day executive and administrative responsibility is given to the City Manager by state law.