TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Several candidates have now officially thrown their hats in the ring and filed to run for office during the May 20 primary.
In Whitley County, as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, three new candidates have filed for the May primary — making 21 total candidates so far who have completed their filing paperwork.
The newest three to get on the ballot are incumbent Judge/Executive Pat White Jr., who so far is the only candidate to officially file for that seat. The 3rd District Magistrate, Jamie Fuson, filed statements with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance office that indicated he planned to run for the judge/magistrate’s seat.
The second addition to the candidate listing for Whitley County is Robert R. Moses, of Williamsburg, who so far is the only candidate who has filed to run for the County Surveyor seat.
The third candidate to add to the list is Scotty Harrison, of Williamsburg, who has filed to run against incumbent Roger Wells for the 1st District magistrate seat.
The other 18 candidates who have filed are as follows: County attorney Robert “Bob” Hammons, who was elected in May 2012 for the seat and sworn in nearly 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 Kay Schwartz, the Whitley County clerk, who filed her paperwork to appear on May’s ballot.
County coroner Andy Croley plans to campaign to keep his seat, and will face challenger Terry “TJ” Hamblin. Both candidates have filed their paperwork to run for election.
While seven candidates filed documents with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) stating they had spent monies for election prior to Nov. 6, only three candidates so far have officially filed to run for the jailer’s seat.
Those who have filed their paperwork for that political race so far include Tommy Hurst, Sandra Hoke and Russell Smith.
Current Jailer Ken Mobley will not seek re-election — he is one of three candidates who have filed to run for the sheriff’s office.
Also running for the position of Whitley County sheriff are the incumbent, Colan Harrell, and challenger Darren Gilreath. All three sheriff’s candidates reside in Corbin.
All four district magistrate seats are on the ballot in May.
The District 2 magistrate seat, currently held by David Myers, has had no candidates file as of yet.
In the District 3 magistrate race, two newcomers have so far filed for the seat, currently held by Fuson. Those who have filed their paperwork to appear on May’s ballot are county residents Michael Jarboe and Mike Faulkner.
The District 4 magistrate seat has its incumbent, Robert “Robbie” Brown, seeking to keep the seat. But Brown will face at least one challenger in May — Mark Brock.
All four Whitley County district constables are up for re-election in May — but so far, only three candidates have filed to run for two of those offices.
Dorman Patrick Jr. filed his paperwork to run for the District 3 constable position.
Two residents have filed for the District 4 constable position — set to appear on the May 20 ballot are Carl Neal and Ronnie Fritts.
In Laurel County, the following candidates have added their names to the ballot in May as of Tuesday:
— Melvin Brewer, of London, for the 1st District magistrate seat.
— Danny Smith, of London, incumbent for the 2nd District magistrate seat.
— Jeffery Book, of East Bernstadt, incumbent for the 4th District magistrate seat.
— Billy B. Oakley, of London, incumbent for the 5th District magistrate seat.
— Noah Baker, of London, incumbent for the 6th District magistrate seat.
— Tim May, of London, incumbent for the 1st District constable seat.
— Steven D. Cornn, of Corbin, for the 2nd District constable seat.
— William Hacker, of East Bernstadt, Bobby Joe Smith, of London, and Justin Noe, of East Bernstadt, have all filed their paperwork to run for the 4th District constable seat.
— David Westerfield, incumbent for the Judge/Executive seat.
New candidates for Knox County were unavailable at press time.
Voters will have plenty of time to make up their minds about candidates — but if there are folks interested in voting who are not yet registered, the deadline to register to vote in the May 20, 2014 election is April 21, 2014.