Convicted Former Perry Official Seeking Public Office

HAZARD — A former Perry County judge-executive who pleaded guilty to federal mail-fraud charges is back in politics. The Democratic Party in Perry County has nominated Sherman Neace for the seat left vacant when Magistrate Jimmy Darrell Neace was killed in a double murder-suicide in May. The two men were distantly related, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Sherman Neace, 67, will run against Republican newcomer Frank Hurley, 54, reports the Herald-Leader.

Neace, a car dealer, was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April 2000, after pleading guilty to charges that he sold used vehicles to the county at inflated prices and routed them through Central Kentucky car dealers to disguise his involvement. Neace was judge-executive at the time, the Herald-Leader reports.

The original indictment charged Neace with 10 counts of money laundering and mail fraud in a scheme that netted him at least $13,000.
But the issue is not his past, Neace said Friday, but the future of Perry County.

“What does that have to do with anything? The people of this county know the good I did. When I set out to do something, it happens,” Neace told the Herald Leader regarding his criminal history.

Neace said 680 miles of roads were paved and 375 bridges built in the county while he was judge-executive. If elected, Neace said, he will work on road improvements and bringing city water to those who don't have it.

Neace, who owns Grand Vue Auto Sales as well as a BP service station, says he and Hurley are good choices for Perry County, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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