Two more file to run for county coroner

OJ Stapleton

January 16, 2014

Four years ago when Logan County coroner Mary Givens ran for reelection, she faced no opposition.

That won’t be the case this year, however, after two women filed to run for the office this week.

Givens will be challenged by Russellville Rural Fire Chief Cheryl Allen, who filed her paperwork on Tuesday, and Tina Hudson McKinney, who filed on Wednesday.

All three are registered as Democrats and unless a Republican files to run, that office will be decided in the May primary.

This is just one of several crowded races for county offices.

All the magistrate districts have contested races, with several having more than two candidates.

In District 1, Len Embry and incumbent Russell Poore will face off in the May Democratic primary. The winner of that will face Republican Dickie Carter in the November general election.

Another candidate has thrown his name into the hat for the county’s fiscal court election that will take place this year.

The most crowded of the magistrate races is in District 3.

William Sanford is the latest to file his paperwork while Bobby G. Moore, Gary Sears and incumbent Barry Joe Wright had all already filed to run for that position. So there will be a four-way race during the May primary since all four candidates filed to run as Democrats.

In the other districts, Republican Jo Orange will be facing off with Auburn businessman Phillip Joe Bilyeu, a Democrat. With only the two of them registered thus far, they will meet in the November general election.

As the other races stand right now, all the other magistrate races will be decided in the May primary election as everyone is registered as a Democrat.

In District 4, there will also be a three-way primary as Dale Givens, Mike Kirby and incumbent Drexel Johnson have all filed paperwork.

The other two races will see District 2 magistrate Jack Crossley being challenged by Wayne Stratton and District 6 magistrate Thomas Bouldin being challenged by Clay Bilyeu.

There will need to be a primary election and a general election to fill the position of Logan County Jailer

Current jailer Bill Jenkins announced in November that he would not be seeking reelection. And soon after the time for candidates to file their paperwork began on Nov. 6, Democrat Wendell Jackson and Republican Phil Gregory puts their names in the hat to become Jenkins’ successor. Then a third candidate filed his paperwork - Democrat Edward W. Hardin. That means a primary election will be held in May for the Democratic nomination between Hardin and Jackson. The winner will face off against Gregory in November’s general election - unless another Republican candidate comes forward.

Both Steve Hadden and Robert Kimmel filed their paperwork to run for sheriff at the end of Decemeber. They will be running against incumbent Wallace Whittaker in the May primary as all three are registered as Democrats. No Republicans have filed for office and unless that happens, there will be no general election in November and the May primary will decide the next sheriff for Logan County.

Other county incumbents who have filed and are thus far unpposed are PVA Ben Brown, Judge Executive Logan Chick, County Attorney Joe Ross and County Clerk Scottie Harper.

Also coming up for reelection will be State Representative Martha Jane King, who has now filed her paperwork with the state and will be seeking another term of office in District 16. 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.

Circuit Judge Tyler Gill has also filed to run for reelection once again. He does not have an opponent at this time.

There is less than two weeks left for candidates to file to run for election in 2014.

Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot for the May 20 primary election must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. And for the Logan County elections, that means at the county clerk’s office on third street next to the old courthouse.