Handful file to run in 2014 county election

OJ Stapleton Editor

November 7, 2013

Candidate filings began this week on Wednesday for the 2014 elections and several incumbents signed up to run again for the offices they already hold - and one also had a challenger register.

Logan Chick was one of the first to file to once again run for county Judge Executive. Chick is seeking a third term in the office that leads the county government.

Wallace Whittaker also registered on the first day for another run to become the Logan County Sheriff. Whittaker is currently in his second term in that office.

Also filing to run for re-election was county attorney Joe Ross and county clerk Scottie Harper.

All six of Logan County’s magistrate districts will be up for grabs and half of the current group of magistrates have already signed up to seek election again. They are Russell Poore (District 1), Jack Crossley (District 2) and Drexel Johnson (District 3).

Crossley already has a challenger for his seat as Adairville businessman and Logan County Tourism Board chairman Wayne Stratton has also signed up to run for the District 2 seat. Both are registered as Democrats and will face off in the May primary.

Also, Democrat Gary Sears registered to run for the District 3 seat that is currently occupied by Barry Joe Wright.

There will be a race for Logan County jailer as Republican Phil Gregory and Democrat Wendell Jackson both registered as candidates for that position. Gregory ran unsuccessfully for that position in 2010 and Jackson is retired from the Kentucky State Police.

In addition to those positions, there will be several others on the ballot including Coroner, PVA, County Surveyor, all constables and the north and south soil conservation districts.

There will also be several city elections next year - including the city council for all four incorporated cities as well as the mayor positions in both Russellville and Lewisburg.

The county school board positions for Adairville, Auburn and Chandlers will be on the ballot as well as the Russellville Independent school board.

Also coming up for reelection will be State Representative Martha Jane King. Since her position as state rep encompasses more than just Logan County, anyone wishing to file to run for that office must do so through the state Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort.

That is also the case for the District Judge’s seat, which will have to be filled since current judge, Sue Carol Browning, has announced that she will not run for reelection in 2014.

There has been one filing for District Judge as Elkton attorney Jason Petrie has put in his paperwork for that race.