Kenneth Stepp, right in picture, has special ties with Clay County. In 1988, the candidate Kenneth Stepp married the former Wilma Smith who had been born in Red Bird, Clay County, Kentucky. Wilma Smith Stepp's parents David and Gracie Smith, and brothers Denzil Smith and Daniel Smith reside in Clay County, near Bright Shade, in rural Clay County. Wilma had attended Goose Rock School in Clay County. Kenneth Stepp, a lawyer, practices law in Clay County with the Law Offices of Carl A. Short II. In the center of the picture is Clay County Family Court Judge Gene Clark.