District 5 magistrate Jo Orange filed to run for reelection this week at the Logan County Clerk’s Office, making it a clean sweep of current magistrates having filed to run for their position again.
All five of the other magistrates had previously filed. So far, Orange will be running unopposed as no one else in her district has turned in paperwork to appear on the ballot. She is the only magistrate that will not be seeing any opposition, though.
Barry Joe Wright, the Democrat incumbent in District 3, 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.
District 6 magistrate Thomas Bouldin will also likely be challenged as local businessman Clay Bilyeu.
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, who has also served on the fiscal court, and Johnson is being challenged by Mike Kirby. Both those races will be decided in the May primary.
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.
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.
Also, Circuit Judge Tyler Gill has also filed to run for reelection once again. He does not have an opponent at this time.