Twelve citizens are running 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. Contact information is provided for each candidate's campaign. Together Frankfort provides this information as a method of encouraging citizen involvement in the elections: the Primary Election on May 19, & the General Election on November 3, 2020.
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 announced plans to ask questions, weekly, of Commission candidates and publish their replies. Click on this "Service Vote 2020" link to learn more about opportunities for youth volunteers in campaigns.
We also encourage citizens to get in touch with the 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, even going door to door to encourage voters to support your candidate.
The top eight candidates from Kentucky's May 19 Primary will move on to the General Election, which will be held 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
Photo (right) from State Journal article, Jan. 29, 2020.
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. The city is led by a five member Board of Commissioners, which includes the Mayor and four Commissioners. The Mayor is elected every four years, and the Commissioners are elected every two years. The elections are nonpartisan.
The Board of Commissioners must appoint one commissioner as Mayor Pro Tem to act for the Mayor whenever the Mayor 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, and making appointments to certain boards.
Only 19 of the over 400 cities in Kentucky operate under the City Manager form of government. The city of 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, much of the day-to-day executive and administrative responsibility is given to the City Manager by state law.