By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
The deadline looms at just 14 days away.
That’s the time left for the Tri-County’s potential candidates to file for the election ballot before the Jan. 28th deadline.
As of Tuesday night, a total of 145 candidates have announced their intentions to run in Whitley, Laurel and Knox counties.
In Corbin, add two more to the list who’d like to serve again in city government.
The mayor’s race now has a person running, and he’s a familiar face. Incumbent Willard McBurney, 70, wants another term, and filed for re-election at the Whitley County Clerk’s Office the latter half of last week.
Also last week, incumbent Bruce Hodge, 73, turned his papers in for re-election as one of four Corbin City Commissioners. Hodge joins incumbent Ed Tye as the only two who’ve filed so far.
Corbin uses a non-partisan ballot for their city races.
Williamsburg’s current mayor, Roddy Harrison, 53, wants another term in office, too. He filed during the past week, as did two persons who want to run for Williamsburg City Council.
Incumbent Troy Sharp and new council member Patty Faulkner both announced their intentions to run for the six seats available on the council. They’ll join incumbent Laurel West, who filed earlier this month.
Like Corbin, a non-partisan ballot is used for city races in Williamsburg.
In Whitley County, another contender joins the field for the District 4 Constable race.
Steve Hayes, 52, of Williamsburg, filed to run in the Republican primary in May. He’ll be up against Ronnie Fritts and Carl Neal, both of Corbin, for the position.
A total of 58 candidates have filed as of Tuesday in Whitley County. That includes 49 Republicans, two Democrats for the county races, with seven running on the non-partisan ballots in the Corbin and Williamsburg city races.
Over in Laurel County, a total of seven candidates filed during the past week. That includes two incumbents serving in London city government.
One is the current Mayor, Troy Rudder, 62, who announced he’d like to serve another term in city hall.
Another is Nancy W. Vaughn, 71, who is running for re-election for the London City Council.
Vaughn joins fellow incumbents Bobby Joe Parman and Judd Weaver, as well as newcomer Kelly Smith Greene, as those wanting to fill the top six seats in the council.
Both the Mayor’s race and the City Council races in London are on the non-partisan ballot.
In county races, incumbent Chris Hubbard, 39, of London, filed for the position of Laurel County Surveyor. He’ll run in the Republican primary in May.
For the District 2 Magistrate position, Charles McFarland, 57, of London, threw his hat in the ring. He’ll go up against incumbent Danny Smith in the Republican primary.
Two more have entered the battle for the GOP primary for the position of District 4 Constable. They’re Hank R. Vaughn, 40, and Clifford Caldwell, 32, both of East Bernstadt.
They’ll join Justin Noe, Bobby Joe Smith, William Hacker, Edward Allen and Carl R. Cheek for the seat, making a total of seven persons running for the seat. All are Republicans.
And the race for District 6 Constable now has a candidate. Harold Frye, 56, of Corbin, announced recently he wants the position and will run in the Republican primary.
As of Tuesday night, 38 Republicans have filed to run in county races. There have been no Democrats so far. Also, six persons are running for the non-partisan ballot city races in London. That makes for a total of 44 candidates on the ballot in Laurel County at this time.
In Knox County, one more candidate was added to those announcing their intent to run in the May primary.
Incumbent Richard M. Frederick, 55, of Barbourville, filed to run on the Republican ticket. Currently he has no opposition.
A total of 43 candidates — 35 Republicans and 8 Democrats — have filed to run in Knox County as of Tuesday night.
In state legislative races, another candidate has filed for the seat in the 89th House District, made up of part of Laurel County, part of Madison County, and all of Jackson County.
Geraldo Serrano, of Tyner in Jackson County, filed last Friday to run in the May Republican primary. He’ll face Michael Bryant, of London, on the GOP side.
One Democrat, Joey Jayson Taylor II, of East Bernstadt, filed to run for the seat back in November.
As a result, there will be a race for the 89th District House seat in the general election this upcoming November.
That seat is currently held by Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee), who has not filed at this time.
Also in House District 85, incumbent Tommy Turner (R-Somerset) filed in Frankfort Tuesday to run for re-election.
The 85th House District covers parts of Laurel and Pulaski counties.
On Aug. 23 of last year, the General Assembly enacted the new state House and state Senate district plans by adopting House Bill 1. The bill contained an emergency clause and went into effect when Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill that same day.
And, there’s a challenge in the race for Family Court Judge in the 27th Circuit, Division 3.
Incumbent Durenda Lundy Lawson of London filed in Frankfort on Monday. She’ll face Stephen M. Jones of London, who filed early last November.
Both will be on the non-partisan ballot, as are all state judicial races.
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