Like Christmas, election season seems to roll around earlier every year.

Seven people already have picked up paperwork from the Laurel County Clerk’s Office in anticipation of running for public office in 2010.

Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson said the list includes Joe Schenkenfelder and Roy Crawford for first district magistrate, Daniel Smith for second district magistrate, Harold Harville for sixth district magistrate, Willie Hollon for sheriff, Tim May for first district constable and Bryan Mills for judge-executive.

Mills said he has no intention of running for judge-executive. He said a friend was encouraging him to run and had gotten the papers for him

“I didn’t even know you could pick up papers for someone else,” Mills said. “Those papers are in the bottom of the trash can in my garage.”

Schenkenfelder, who serves on the Laurel County Board of Education, said Monday he has reconsidered and will not be running for magistrate.

While Mills said is he will not be a candidate, Judge-Executive Lawrence Kuhl, who was first elected in 2002 and won re-election in 2006, said he plans to seek a third term in 2010.

“We have until January to file the papers, but as of now, I plan to run again,” Kuhl said.

There has been discussions about former Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Donald Storm running for judge-executive, but he has not picked up papers. Mills said in an e-mail that Storm has not made a final decision on seeking the judge-executive. Storm lives in Elizabethtown and would have to establish residency in Laurel County by Nov. 1 to be eligible to run.

Mills, who is chairman of the Laurel County Republican Party, said he met with Storm on Aug. 5.

“Because of personal reasons, the general has asked for three to four weeks to make his final decision,” Mills said.

Johnson said all county offices, along with London mayor and London City Council, will be on the 2010 ballot. Regional offices include the four state representatives whose districts include Laurel County and the district judge seat that has been vacant since John Knox Mills was appointed as circuit court judge.

Johnson said Nov. 4 is the first day the papers can be filed. The paperwork requires two signatures and a $50 filing fee. The deadline to be on the ballot for the May 10 primary election is Jan. 26.

“For the law enforcement offices, the minimum age is 24,” Johnson said. “For the other offices, the minimum age is 21.”

Johnson said the mayor city council and district judge races are non-partisan races, meaning the candidates are not listed with their respective political party affiliations.

If there is more than one candidate representing the same party in a partisan race, it will appear on the primary ballot. If there are more than two candidates in races for mayor or district judge that particular race will appear on the primary ballot.

In order for the city council race to be on the primary, Johnson said there must be 13 or more candidates.

“The top 12 go on the general election and the top six in the November election serve on the council,” Johnson said.

Under Kentucky Law, paperwork for city and county offices are filed at the county clerk’s office while the regional and state offices are filed with the secretary of state.

Staff writer Dean Manning may be reached at dmanning@sentinel-echo.com.





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