- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A published report says a candidate for lieutenant governor is facing a harassment charge in Jefferson County.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1EmbrEn) reports Johnathan Masters, who is on a Democratic ticket with retired state engineer Geoff Young, had a pretrial hearing last week on the charge.

Court records show that Masters is accused of calling former Spalding Associate Dean Elizabeth Lodge Rogers, cursing at her and demanding a refund of money after he was kicked out of the school.

When the newspaper reached him by phone, Masters said that Spalding committed “breach of contract” when it threw him out of the school.

Rogers declined to comment on the reason for Masters’ dismissal.

Young told the newspaper that he wasn’t aware of the charge and that the two would talk, but he said he would “stand behind” Masters.

Under state law, Young can’t replace Masters, so if he decides not to run with Masters he would have to drop out of the race.

According to Jefferson District Judge Sean Delahanty, Masters is also accused of screaming at and threatening a school principal in Breckinridge County in December.

Masters denied having an altercation with the principal.

State Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes said the charges further marginalize the slate.

“It’s abundantly clear that Jack Conway and Sannie Overly are the Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. The other guys don’t have a snowball’s chance. … And I think these recent disclosures speak for themselves,” he said.

Conway campaign spokesman Mark Riddle declined to comment.

Masters has previous convictions for menacing in 2012, possessing drug paraphernalia in 2013 and harassing communications in 2009.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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