Magistrate seats to be contested

OJ Stapleton Editor

November 14, 2013

Slowly, but surely, the landscape for next year’s election season is starting to take shape.

It’s going to be a big one in Logan County with most county offices appearing on the ballot and so far it looks like five of the six magistrate races will be contested.

District 3 Magistrate Barry Joe Wright and District 6 Magistrate Thomas Bouldin both filed for reelection in the past week.

Wright, the Democrat incumbent, will be facing a challenger in the May primary as Democrat Gary Lee Sears was one of the first candidates to file when registration opened last Wednesday.

Bouldin will also likely be challenged as local businessman Clay Bilyeu has announced that he will be running for magistrate in Bouldin’s district.

There will also be a race in District 1 with Democrat Russell Poore taking on Republican Dickie Carter. The two ran against each other in 2010 with Poore narrowly unseating Carter in the May primary as both ran as Democrats. Following his defeat, Carter changed his party to Republican and ran again unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate against Poore in the November election.

Other magistrates who had previously filed include Jack Crossley (District 2) and Drexel Johnson (District 4).

Crossley is being challenged by Wayne Stratton and Johnson is being challenged by Mike Kirby. Both those races will be decided in the May primary.

The only magistrate who has not filed yet for reelection has been Jo Orange in District 5. No other candidates have filed in that race either.

Other county incumbents who have recently filed include coroner Mary Givens and PVA Ben Brown. They join the list of Judge Executive Logan Chick, County Attorney Joe Ross, County Clerk Scottie Harper and Sheriff Wallace Whittaker of current county officials who are unopposed at the moment.

Russellville mayor Mark Stratton has added his name to the ballot once again. This will be his first reelection bid after winning easily in the 2010 election.

This will also be the first election in which the mayor of Russellville will be a full-time position. In December of 2010, the Russellville city council voted to make role of a mayor a full time job starting in 2015.

Pat Bell is the first member of the Russellville city council to file for that race. She will be seeking a third consecutive term.

Also coming up for reelection will be State Representative Martha Jane King, although she has not yet officially put in her paperwork. 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 and the Circuit Judge’s seats. District Judge Sue Carol Browning, has announced that she will not run for reelection in 2014.

There have been two filings for District Judge as Elkton attorney Jason Petrie has put in his paperwork for that race as has Assistant Logan County Attorney Ken Williams, who ran against Browning during the last election and lost in a close contest.

Also, Circuit Judge Tyler Gill has also filed to run for reelection once again.