By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
While May 20, 2014 seems a bit too far in the future to plan ahead for anything — local, regional, state and national candidates continue to prepare for the primary next year.
“If an individual decides to be a candidate, and they plan to spend or raise money (prior to the Nov. 6 date), then they must file letters of intent with the state,” Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz said recently.
While several candidates have already filed letters of intent for local offices (see Sept. 20 edition of the Times-Tribune), there are a few candidates who have done so at the state level.
According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance’s (KREF) website, two candidates have filed letters of intent for the 89th District state representative — current Rep. Marie Rader, who has held the seat since 1997, and challenger Joey Taylor.
The 89th District covers parts of Laurel County, and Jackson and Owsley counties.
Taylor is listed as having receipts of approximately $80 at this point — Rader has not listed any receipts at this time.
The 86th District state house seat is also up for grabs in 2014 — and the only candidate to submit a letter of intent for the position is current Rep. Jim Stewart. Stewart, in his ninth term at the state house, has held the seat since 1996.
The 86th District incorporates part of Laurel County and all of Knox County.
Sara Beth Gregory, currently state senator for the 16th District, will face two challengers in the 2014 primary.
The 16th District includes the counties of Whitley, McCreary, Wayne, Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe, all of which border the state of Tennessee.
Gregory filed her letter of intent, as did Max Wise and David Cross. Neither Gregory nor Wise have any receipts at this time, but Cross has listed $333.71 in receipts at this point.
Individuals wishing to announce their candidacy locally may do so with their county election offices between Nov. 6 and Jan. 28, according to Schwartz.
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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