Candidates have less than one month to turn in paperwork

Last updated: December 30. 2013 11:03AM - 741 Views
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There is less than one month 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.

Most all county offices will be on the ballot in 2014 - including judge/executive, sheriff, county attorney, magistrates and several others.

After nearly a month with no new candidate filings, there were two last week that mean a primary election for sheriff will be held.

Both Steve Hadden and Robert Kimmel filed their paperwork to run for sheriff last Monday. 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.

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

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.

There is already a crowded field for the county’s six magistrate districts.

Jo Orange became the last of Logan County’s six sitting magistrates to file for reelection early last week. At the time she turned in her paperwork, she was unopposed. But on Thursday, Auburn businessman Phillip Joe Bilyeu, a Democrat, registered to run against Orange in District 5.

The other five magistrate districts will also have contested races.

District 1 will also be decided in November as Dickie Carter, now a Republican, will be facing off once again with Russell Poore. Poore defeated Carter narrowly in 2010 in the Democratic primary and again handily in November when Carter ran as a Republican write-in candidate.

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.

And the races in District 3 and District 4 got even more crowded as a third candidate entered each of those races last week.

Bobby G. Moore filed his paperwork on last month and will be running against both incumbent Barry Joe Wright and Gary Sears. And Democrat Dale Givens filed last Friday to run against District 4 magistrate Drexel Johnson and by Mike Kirby.

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.

Other county incumbents who have filed include coroner Mary Givens and PVA Ben Brown. They join the list of Judge Executive Logan Chick, County Attorney Joe Ross and County Clerk Scottie Harper 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.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that more than 400 candidates have already filed with her office to run in the 2014 elections.

“We anticipate many more candidates will file with my office leading up to the deadline next month,” said Grimes. “I recommend candidates file in advance of the deadline in case filing papers need to be corrected.” Kentucky law does not provide an opportunity to correct or re-file paperwork after 4 p.m. on January 28.

Candidates for county and city offices file with the county clerk in the county in which they reside. All county officers and city legislative body members and several mayors will be on the ballot next year.

Grimes also reminds prospective candidates who wish to attain ballot access in the 2014 regular elections that their party affiliation generally must be established no later than December 31, 2013.

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