LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — LONDON — The list of candidates seeking election this year expanded consistently throughout January as the filing deadline drew near. Several candidates waited until late Tuesday afternoon, the last day to file, with the final count for local elections reaching 80 at the end of the day.
Although the Republicans dominated the candidacy, three Democrats stepped out to seek offices.
Magisterial and constable races offer the most competition, with six districts represented throughout the county. Although only one magisterial seat is unopposed, 10 Republican candidates in District 1 and seven candidates in District 3 are vying to oversee county government. The six Constable positions up for grabs this election year list 21 hopefuls, with the hottest district being District 4 with eight Republican candidates and one Democrat.
The major government seats in the city and county government will both offer a competition, while the races for county attorney, county clerk, sheriff, property valuation administrator, county surveyor, and coroner will list only the incumbents who seek re-election.
The list of those who filed for the May primary races are:
Mayor (non-Partisan): Troy Rudder (incumbent), and Jack Riley
City Council (non-Partisan): Kelly Greene, Joyce Larkey Barboa, and incumbents: Judd Weaver, Bobby Joe Parman, Danny Phelps, Nancy Vaughn, Jason Handy, and James E. “Jim” Hays
County Judge Executive: David Westerfield (incumbent) and Jerry Hollon, Republican; Lawrence Kuhl, Democrat
Magistrate, District 1 - Republican: Roy Crawford (incumbent), Sharon Benge, Mike Samples, Melvin Brewer, Albert Yaden, Chris Turner, Jack Smith, Chris Hollin, Donnie Lee Philpot, and Granville Gambrel
Magistrate, District 2 - Republican: Danny Smith (incumbent), Charles McFarland, Chuck Slone, Rickey Burns, and Bobby L. Owens
Magistrate, District 3 - Republican: Teddy Benge (incumbent), Carl Brown, Maynard A. Parker, Junior Hammons, Jason Brown, Bobby Overbay, and Rufus Fields
Magistrate, District 4 - Republican: Jeff Book (incumbent)
Magistrate, District 5 - Republican: Billy Oakley (incumbent), Jerry Sizemore, Lomman Gregory, and Phil Ranson