By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
The deadline looms.
Jan. 28 is the last day for potential candidates to file the necessary paperwork with their county clerk’s office to appear on the May 20 ballot.
Several races in the area have garnered quite a list of candidates. So far in the Tri-County region, 122 candidates have made their intentions known for the May 20 primary election.
And that number is expected to climb.
Several new candidates have filed for various offices in Whitley County since Dec. 18 — bringing a total of 47 candidates to the Whitley County ballot.
The newest 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 the District 4 constable seat.
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.
Three candidates currently vie for the District 3 constable position — Dorman Patrick Jr., 27, of Williamsburg, Randall Caddell, 38, of Emlyn, and Adam L. Jarboe, 26, of Williamsburg.
The race garnering the most candidates in Whitley County is the jailer’s seat. Currently there are 10 names slated to appear on the May 20 ballot — the two newest names since Dec. 18 are Ralph Skidmore, 58, of Corbin, and Melinda Moses, RN, 46, of Williamsburg.
Others filing in December for the jailer’s position include Bill Moses, 76, Brian Lawson, 30, Will Leach, 65, and Robert Taylor, 41, all 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.
A second race in Whitley County has eight names slated to appear on May’s ballot — the District 3 magistrate race. Those filing to campaign for that race so far 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 eighth candidate, Johnny Lawson, 57, of Williamsburg, was the first Democrat to file for any office in Whitley County.
Six people have added their names to the list of candidates vying to be Whitley County Sheriff — the third race in the county to draw some attention.
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.
Other Whitley County races and the candidates are as follows as of Dec. 30, 2013.
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.
All four District magistrate seats are up for grabs in 2014 — not just the aforementioned District 3 race, which has several candidates.
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.
While it is not yet known whether current District 2 Magistrate David Myers plans to campaign to keep his seat, there is one name officially slated for the May ballot to run for that office — Mondo Cima, 54, of Corbin.
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.
In Knox County, two candidates have filed for the District 4 Magistrate race in the Republican primary.
Both Bob Gray, 49, and Jay “Joker” Parker, 62, are from Barbourville, and are the first GOP candidates to file in that race.
The Democratic primary already has one announced candidate for District 4 Magistrate, John “Dugger” Ferguson, 39, of Barbourville.
Currently, Pat McDonald is the incumbent District 4 Magistrate.
As of Monday afternoon, a total of 40 candidates — 33 Republicans and 7 Democrats — have filed for local offices in Knox County.
In Laurel County, new names have been added to the ballot since Dec. 24.
Two new candidates filed to run for London City Council in the last week. Judd Weaver, 45, and Bobby Joe Parman, 60, both of London, filed to run for city council. Both are incumbents.
A Republican has joined the race against incumbent David Westerfield for Laurel County Judge/Executive. Jerry K. Hollon, 42, of London, decided to file for candidacy.
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.
Staff writers Jeff Noble and LeeAnn Cain contributed information to this story.
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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