By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
The paperwork’s done and the filing deadline has passed.
For those candidates wanting to run in county, state and judicial races in the May 20 primary election, the deadline to file was Tuesday.
We’ll start in Whitley County first.
Tuesday’s updated list shows eight candidates — 4 Republicans and 4 on the Non-Partisan ballot — have filed with the Whitley Court Clerk in Williamsburg.
Five persons have filed for the four seats in the Corbin City Commission. They include incumbents Joe Shelton, 50 and Suzie Razmus, 50, as well as challenger David Grigsby Hart, 33.
They join incumbent City Commissioners Bruce Hodge and Ed Tye, who both filed earlier this month, as did incumbent Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney.
A Non-Partisan ballot is used for city races in Corbin and Williamsburg.
Six persons have filed for the six seats in the Williamsburg City Council. The latest is Erica Broome Harris, 51. She joins incumbents Laurel Jeffries West, Troy D. Sharp, Patty Faulkner, Richard Foley and Mary Ann Stanfill.
Incumbent Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison filed for re-election earlier this month.
In the county, three Republican candidates have joined the field to run for the District 2 Magistrate seat currently held by Magistrate David Myers.
Coming aboard are Roy Cornelius, 50, as well as Lori Miller, 43, and Kenneth M. Miller 62, all from Corbin. Already listed for the race are James D. Blankenship, Jr, Lon E. Head and James Michael Petrey.
That makes a total of six GOP candidates running for the District 2 Magistrate race in the May primary. Candidate Mondo Cima, who filed for the seat earlier, has withdrawn.
Also withdrawing is Bill Moses, a candidate for Jailer in the Republican primary.
A total of 11 Republicans are still in the hunt for the Jailer’s race. They are Tommy Hurst, Sandra Hoke, Russell W. Smith, Brian Lawson, Will Leach, Robert Taylor, Shawn Jackson, Ralph Skidmore, Arnold Gene Young, Daniel Essek and Melinda Moses, RN.
The race for District 4 Constable has another name added to it. Andy Moses, 29, of Corbin announced he wants in, and will join Ronnie Fritts, Carl Neal and Steve Hays in the Republican primary.
Of the 71 who filed in Whitley County, 55 were Republicans, 2 were Democrats and 14 were on the Non-Partisan ballot for city races in Corbin and Williamsburg.
Now, on to Knox County.
Since the last time we updated the list, 14 candidates filed in Barbourville at the Knox County Clerk’s Office.
That includes five persons — three Democrats and two Republicans — who want to replace incumbent Judge-Executive J. M. Hall of Barbourville next January.
Hall will be challenged on the Republican side in May by Larry Sizemore, 56, of Flat Lick and Darrel Bargo, 57, of Gray.
On the Democratic side, Dennis Gibson, 66, of Bryants Store, Don Napier, 52, of Gray, and Michael L. Warren, 61 of Barbourville will go against each other in their party’s primary.
The winners of the GOP and Democratic primaries will face each other in November.
There will also be a race for Sheriff in November as well.
Democrat Kyle Campbell, 38, of Barbourville filed for the position and is unopposed in his party’s primary. He’ll face the winner of the Republican primary, which pits incumbent John D. Pickard and challengers Darrell Bright and Mike Smith.
In the Jailer’s race, another Democrat threw his hat into the ring.
He’s Mike Baker, 60, of Barbourville, who filed against Clyde Trent, Jr. in the May primary. That winner will face the winner of a crowded field on the Republican side, with incumbent Mary S. Hammons, Keith “Buster” Liford, Doug Gibson, Elbert Mills, Jr., Danny Stark and Marty Hollin all on the ballot.
There will be a PVA (Property Valuation Administrator) race in November.
Republican Roger Dale Deaton, 46, of Barbourville is the lone man in his party’s primary, and will face incumbent PVA Bill Oxendine, who has no opposition on the Democratic side.
In the District 1 Magistrate race, William Garland, 66, of Cannon will square off with Billy Ray Smith in the Republican primary. The winner will face incumbent Carson Gilbert, who had no opposition on the Democratic side.
A fourth Republican has entered the District 3 Magistrate race. He’s Jimmy Walters, 45, of Barbourville. He’ll face incumbent Jerry “Rabbit” Cox, John W. Bays and Ray Queener in the May GOP primary.
Five Republicans want to be Magistrate in District 4. The latest is Judy Brock, 52, of Barbourville. She’ll join Bob Gray, Jay “Joker” Parker and Lonnie “Peanut” Williamson in the May primary. The GOP winner will face either John “Dugger” Ferguson or John Barger, who are the candidates for the Democrats.
Incumbent District 4 Magistrate Pat McDonald did not file for re-election.
In the race for District 1 Constable, Ted McMillian, 55, of Corbin filed on the Republican ticket, and will face Jerry Wyatt, Jr in May. The winner goes on to the November election, where he’ll face incumbent Larry Eagle, who was unopposed on the Democratic side.
On the District 4 Constable side, Democrat Gary Bays, 53, of Barbourville has it all to himself in his party’s primary race. He’ll go in November to face the winner of the Republican primary, which features incumbent Jimmy Dye and Charles West.
The Knox Ccourt Clerk’s list also showed David Grigsby Hart, 33, of Corbin filing in Knox County for the race as Corbin City Commissioner.
Hart also filed in Whitley County, along with incumbent commissioners Ed Tye, Bruce Hodge, Suzie Razums and Joe Shelton, and incumbent Mayor Willard McBurney.
The Corbin city races are on the Non-Partisan ballot.
The Non-Partisan ballot is also used in Barbourville for the races for Mayor and City Council. For those offices in Barbourville, candidates have until August 28 to file.
Of the 64 who filed in Knox County, 48 were Republicans, 15 were Democrats with one filing on the Non-Partisan ballot.
This note — there were a few filings for races in the Kentucky Legislature and judicial posts that affect the Tri-County region.
Incumbent Marie Rader (R-McKee) filed last Friday to run for re-election as State Representative in the 89th House District, made up of part of Laurel and Madison counties and all of Jackson County.
She’ll face Michael Bryant of London and Geraldo Serrano of Tyner in May’s Republican primary. The GOP winner will meet up in November’e election with Joey Jayson Taylor II of East Bernstadt, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Two incumbent judges will have competition in two races for state Judge of the Court of Appeals in the 3rd Appellate District.
In the 3rd District, 1st Division, Debra Hembree Lambert of Mt. Vernon filed to run against incumbent Michael Caperton of London. Meanwhile, in the 3rd District, 2nd Division, Paul F. Henderson of Somerset filed to run against incumbent James H. Lambert of Mt. Vernon.
The 3rd Appellate District includes Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties.
And in the 5th Congressional District, there’s competition for the Democrats for the U. S. House of Representatives seat currently held by incumbent Harold “Hal” Rogers. Kenneth S. Stepp of Manchester filed to run against Billy Ray Wilson of London. The winner of May’s Democratic primary will go on in November to face Rogers, a Republican from Somerset.
Laurel County saw an influx of 25 new candidates during the final week to file for candidacy.
Granville Gambrel, 29, and Donnie Philpot, 45, both of London have filed to run for the Magistrate District 1 seat in the Republican primary.
For the Magistrate District 2 race, Chuck Slone, 30, and Ricky Burns, 55, both Republicans from Lily, have filed to run for the seat. The only Democrat to run for this position was Bobby Owens, 72, of London.
For Magistrate in District 3, Rufus Fields, 66, Junior Hammons, 33 and bobby Overbay, 33, all Republicans from London have filed for the race in the May primary.
Lommon Gregory, 68, and William Ranson, 54, both of London, filed to run for Magistrate in District 5. Both Ranson and Gregory are running as Republicans.
Meanwhile, Magistrate in District saw the addition of Republican Richard Bales, 52, of London.
Dennis Keith Dinsmore, 64, of Lily filed to run for Constable in District 1. Anthony Hill, 50, of London filed to run for Constable in District 2, while Glenn Wesley Benge, 25, of London filed to run for Constable in District 3. Each candidate is a Republican.
The only Democrat to file for Constable in District 4 was Kenneth W. Ellington, 53, of East Bernstadt. Also filing in that race was Republican Dwayne Huff, 45, also of East Bernstadt.
In the race for Constable in District 6, Harold Faye, 56, of Corbin entered his hat into the ring. He’ll run in the Republican.
Lawrence Kuhl, 76, of London filed to run in the race for County Judge. He’s the only Democrat to enter the primary.
In the County Surveyor’s race, Chris Hubbard filed to run in the Republican primary.
In London, three persons filed to run in city races, all on the Non-Partisan ballot.
Jack Riley, 47 filed his papers to run for Mayor of the city against incumbent Troy Rudder.
And two persons announced their intent to run for London City Council. One is incumbent Councilmember Jason Handy, 36. The other is Joyce Larkey-Barboa, 70.
LeeAnn Cain contributed to this story