Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tracy Farmer renamed to Racing Commission; Mary Ann Blankenship put on Southern Region Education Board

Gov. Steve Beshear has reappointed Tracy Farmer of Midway to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and named Midway resident Mary Ann Blankehship to the Southern Region Education Board.

Farmer, a Thoroughbred breeder, was among five people reappointed for three-year terms. The others were Ned Bonnie of Prospect, Louisville lawyer Tom Conway (father of Attorney General Jack Conway), Lexington lawyer Robert Beck and John W. Phillips of Darby Dan Farm.

Blankenship is executive director of the Kentucky Education Association. She replaces Tim Shaughnessy of Louisville, a former state senator who is associate provost of Gateway Community and Technical College. She will serve a four-year term on the SREB, which works with its 16 member states to improve public education at all levels. Each state has four members appointed by its governor. Beshear is the board's 2013-14 chairman.

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