By John L. Ross, Jeff Noble and Leeann Cain / Staff Writers
One week — that’s all the time left to file paperwork for candidates planning to campaign for the May 20, 2014 primary election.
And the Tri-County’s county clerks have seen some activity pick up by those filing for office.
In Whitley County, the newest candidate to file is Ronnie Moses, 50, of Williamsburg, who is the only candidate at this time set to run for Property Valuation Administrator (PVA).
Four Republican candidates are now set to run for the District 2 magistrate seat currently held by Magistrate David Myers. The newest name on the list is James D. Blankenship, 38, of Corbin. The three others running are Lon E. Head, 63, James Michael Petrey, 48, and Mondo Cima, 54, all of Corbin.
All magistrate seats are on the May ballot. Incumbent Roger Wells, 53, of Williamsburg has filed to keep his District 1 magistrate seat, and so far will face challenger Scotty Harrison, 42, of Williamsburg, in May.
The District 3 magistrate seat now has 9 candidates signed up to campaign.
The newest name on that list is 67-year-old Jerry Leach, of Williamsburg. Others set to campaign for the seat are Williamsburg residents Michael Jarboe, 39, Mike Faulkner, 61, Truman Lawson, 69, Ted Barrineau, 64, Michael Fuston, 34, Matthew Taylor, 41, and A.J. Barton, 70 — all of whom filed as Republicans. The ninth candidate, Johnny Lawson, 57, of Williamsburg, was the first Democrat to file for any office in Whitley County.
The District 4 magistrate seat has its incumbent, Robert “Robbie” Brown, seeking to keep the seat. Brown faces at least four challengers in May — Mark Brock, 40, of Corbin, and Raleigh Meadors, 51, Terry Huddleston, 44, and Raymond J. Campbell, all of Williamsburg. No new names have been added to this candidate list.
A dozen candidates are now set to campaign for the Whitley County Jailer seat.
The newest names on that list are Daniel Essek, 51, and Arnold Gene Young, 54, both of Williamsburg. Three people filed for the jailer’s seat in November — Tommy Hurst, 44, Sandra Hoke, 53, and Russell W. Smith, 41, all of Williamsburg.
In December, Bill Moses, 76, Brian Lawson, 30, Will Leach, 65, and Robert Taylor, 41, and Melinda Moses, RN, 46, all of Williamsburg, and Shawn Jackson, 37, and Ralph Skidmore, both of Corbin, all filed as Republicans to campaign for the jailer’s seat.
Six people have added their names to the list of candidates vying to be Whitley County Sheriff.
The newest name added to that list is also the second Democrat to file in Whitley County — Brad Terrell, 30, of Williamsburg. The other five candidates slated to campaign for the sheriff’s seat are incumbent sheriff Colan Harrell, 67, of Corbin, current Jailer Ken Mobley, 62, of Corbin, current District 3 constable Jim Thornton, 47, of Williamsburg, Darren Gilreath, 35, of Corbin, and Denver Bargo, 64, of Woodbine.
All four constables seats will be on the ballot in May. Incumbent Lonnie Foley, 63, of Williamsburg, will campaign to keep his District 1 constable seat, while Ron “Bubba” Bowling, 49, of Corbin, has filed to maintain his 2nd District constable seat.
Four candidates currently vie for the District 3 constable position — the latest addition to that list is 38-year-old Noah Brooks Daniels, of Williamsburg. The three other candidates are Dorman Patrick Jr., 27, of Williamsburg, Randall Caddell, 38, of Emlyn, and David Rowe, 30, of Williamsburg. Adam L. Jarboe, 26, of Williamsburg, was on the list to campaign for the constable seat, but withdrew earlier this month.
The District 4 constable seat has no new names added — The latest name added to the list is Steve Hayes, 51, of Williamsburg, who will run against Corbin residents Carl Neal, 40, and Ronnie Fritts, 49, for that spot.
Corbin City Commissioners Ed Tye, 73, and Bruce Hodge, also 73, both of Corbin, have both filed their paperwork to campaign for the May 20 primary election. Also filing paperwork to run for office is Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney, 70, who will campaign to keep his seat.
Five of the six incumbents have filed paperwork to run for Williamsburg City Council. Laurel Jeffries West, 50, Troy D. Sharp, 65, Patty Faulkner, 52, Richard Foley, 67, and Mary Ann Stanfill, 63, all of Williamsburg, are slated to appear on the May 20 ballot. Also filing his paperwork to run for mayor again was Roger “Roddy” Harrison, 53, of Williamsburg.
Also set to run for office is Ed McGrath, 44, of Williamsburg, who filed paperwork to campaign for a seat on the Williamsburg Independent Board of Education.
County attorney Robert “Bob” Hammons, 58, of Corbin, who was elected in May 2012 for the seat and sworn in more than a year ago, has filed to run for re-election. No one has yet filed to run against him.
Also currently not facing a challenger is incumbent County Clerk Kay Schwartz, 58, of Williamsburg, who filed her paperwork to appear on May’s ballot.
Robert R. Moses, 72, of Williamsburg, is the only candidate as of Monday to get his name on May’s ballot for the County Surveyor seat.
County coroner Andy Croley, 41, of Williamsburg, plans to campaign to keep his seat, and will face challenger Terry “TJ” Hamblin, 23, also of Williamsburg. Both candidates filed their paperwork to run for election in November.
Current 3rd District magistrate Jamie W. Fuson, 41, of Williamsburg, will campaign against incumbent Pat White Jr., 37, of Williamsburg, for the county’s Judge/Executive seat. No new names have been added to that race.
In Knox County:
— A total of six candidates spent some time at the Circuit Clerk’s Office in Barbourville getting their papers in order to run in the May primary.
Those six are made up of 5 Republicans and 1 Democrat.
There will be a challenge in the Coroner’s race this spring. J. E. Napier, 57, of Corbin will run in the GOP primary against incumbent Mike Blevins of Barbourville.
And a couple of Magistrate races are starting to heat up as well.
For the District 3 Magistrate seat, Ray Queener, 57, of Barbourville will be in the Republican primary. He’s running against John W. Bays of Artemus and incumbent Jerry “Rabbit” Cox of Flat Lick.
As for District 4 Magistrate, the field is now at six.
Jason Lake, 33, of Barbourville threw his hat into the ring during the past week, and will be the fourth Republican in this May’s primary. Lake will face Lonnie “Peanut” Williamson, Jay “Joker” Parker and Bob Gray, all of Barbourville.
There will also be a primary on the Democratic side as well. John Barger, 47, of Barbourville announced he’ll run for District 4 Magistrate. and will face John “Dugger” Ferguson, also of Barbourville.
Both the May primary winners for the Democrats and the GOP will face off in the November general election.
The seat is currently held by incumbent Pat McDonald, who hasn’t filed as of Monday night.
So will the winners in the race for Constable in District 1.
Jerry Wyatt, Jr. 31, of Gray became the first Republican to file for the seat.
Incumbent Larry Eagle, also of Gray, filed earlier to run on the Democratic side. Neither has opposition at this time, and if that happens, they’ll face off in November.
Meanwhile, there’s some competition in the race for District 2 Constable. Reed Murphy, 51, of Flat Lick has signed up to go up against Johnny D. Gray of Cannon in this May’s Republican primary.
As of Monday night, 50 candidates — 41 Republicans and 9 Democrats — have filed for office in Knox County.
There’s also these notes.
First, the race for Family Court Judge in the 217th Circuit, Division 3 has gotten tighter with the addition of a third candidate.
Marilyn Benge McGhee of London filed last Wednesday in Frankfort to make the run for the seat in that circuit, which is made up of Knox and Laurel counties.
McGhee will face challenger Stephen M. Jones of London, and incumbent Durenda Lundy Lawson of Corbin in the May primary.
Second, incumbent 5th District U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers of Somerset made it official last Wednesday, by filing for another two-year term in Congress. With a little over a week to go, Rogers has no opposition at this time in the Republican primary.
There is a Democrat in the race — Billy Ray Wilson of London filed earlier this month, and also has no opposition so far. If that’s the case by next Tuesday, Jan. 28, Wilson and Rogers will face each other in November.
In Laurel County:
— Five new candidates joined the Laurel County ballots last week. Doug Bowling, 53, of London, signed up to run for Laurel County Coroner. He is an incumbent.
Maynard Parker, 40, of London has filed to run for Laurel County Magistrate District 3.
Jimmy L. Lewis, 65, of London has filed to run for Laurel County Constable District 3.
Denver Mays, 65, of Corbin has filed to run for Laurel County Constable District 6. He is an incumbent.
Jim Hays, 59, of London has filed to run for London City Council. He is an incumbent.
All filing updates were as of Jan. 17.
By John L. Ross, Jeff Noble and Leeann Cain / Staff Writers
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