By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Several new candidates have filed for various offices in Whitley County since Dec. 10 — keeping the clerk’s office very busy.
Candidates planning to run for any office in Whitley County or elsewhere in the Tri-County will have until Jan. 28 to file their intent with their county clerk’s offices.
As of Tuesday, 42 hopefuls have officially completed their paperwork to get their names on the ballot.
And the race for the sheriff’s office now has a fifth candidate who’s set to campaign for the seat.
Jim Thornton, 47, of Williamsburg, current District 3 constable, has added his name to a list of four others vying for the sheriff’s seat.
Incumbent Colan Harrell, 67, current Jailer Ken Mobley, 62, and Darren Gilreath, 35, all of Corbin, and Denver Bargo, 64, of Woodbine, are set to appear on the May 20 ballot as candidates for sheriff.
Concerning the jail, with Mobley not campaigning to keep his jailer’s seat, several people have tossed their hats in the ring to take the position.
Two new candidates have filed their paperwork to fill that jailer’s position — Robert Taylor, 41, of Williamsburg, and Shawn Jackson, 37, of Corbin.
Three people filed for the jailer’s seat in November — Tommy Hurst, 44, Sandra Hoke, 53, and Russell W. Smith, 41, all of Williamsburg.
So far in December, Bill Moses, 76, Brian Lawson, 30, and Will Leach, 65, all of Williamsburg, have filed to campaign for the jailer’s seat.
That brings a total of eight candidates vying for the jailer for the Whitley County Detention Center.
All four county magistrate seats will be on May’s ballot — and so far, it looks like there’s some competition for the District 3 magistrate seat.
Eight candidates in total have now filed to run for the District 3 magistrate seat.
Two of those five District 3 magistrate candidates filed their paperwork in November to appear on May’s ballot — Williamsburg residents Michael Jarboe, 39, and Mike Faulkner, 61.
Truman Lawson, 69, also of Williamsburg, filed his candidate paperwork within the last three weeks.
Last week it was announced that Williamsburg residents Ted Barrineau, 64, and Michael Fuston, 34, added their names to the growing list of candidates.
Now three new candidates have announced their intentions on campaigning for that seat — Matthew Taylor, 21, and A.J. Barton, 70, both of Williamsburg are two of them. The third is the first Democrat to file for any office in Whitley County — 57-year-old Johnny Lawson, also of Williamsburg.
The District 4 magistrate seat has its incumbent, Robert “Robbie” Brown, seeking to keep the seat. Brown will now face 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.
No names have been added to the ballot for the District 2 magistrate seat, currently held by Magistrate David Myers. It is unknown whether Myers will campaign to maintain his seat.
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.
All four constable seats are up for grabs in May as well.
Incumbent Lonnie Foley, 63, of Williamsburg, will campaign to keep his District 1 seat, while Ron “Bubba” Bowling, 49, of Corbin, has filed to maintain his 2nd District constable seat.
Dorman Patrick Jr., 27, of Williamsburg, filed his paperwork to run for the District 3 constable position — and as of Tuesday, two more candidates filed to campaign for that seat.
Added to that list is Randall Caddell, 38, of Emlyn, and Adam L. Jarboe, 26, of Williamsburg.
Two residents have filed for the District 4 constable position — set to appear on the May 20 ballot are Carl Neal, 40, and Ronnie Fritts, 49, both of Corbin.
Current 3rd District magistrate Jamie W. Fuson, 41, of Williamsburg, will campaign against incumbent Pat White, Jr., 37, of Williamsburg, who first filed to retain his seat. No new names have been added to that race.
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.
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 Tuesday to get his name on May’s ballot for the County Surveyor seat.
All these candidates have filed their intent to run for office as of Tuesday.
No updates were available at press time from the Knox County clerk’s office, and in Laurel County, coroner Doug Bowling, 53, of London, has filed paperwork to campaign for a return to his coroner’s seat.
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.
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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