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Election filing begins Nov. 6

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By Calen McKinney

Those wanting to run for political office can officially file as candidates in about three weeks.

There isn't an election this year, but that doesn't mean there won't be any political action. And though it's still a while before residents cast their votes, there have already been some to say they want those votes.

Since there is no election in November, residents who want to be candidates in next year's elections can put their names in the political arena beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The News-Journal will publish a list of candidates who have filed for office, beginning with the Nov. 7 issue.

Some candidates have already made their intention to file known. Campbellsville resident Max Wise has put his name in the hat of contenders for Taylor County's State Senate seat. State Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, currently has the position.

And Campbellsville resident Greg Gribbins has said he intends to file for the county's top office, Taylor County Judge/Executive. Eddie Rogers is currently in that office.

Nov. 6 - the day after what would have been general election day had there been an election this year - is the first day residents can file for a chance at a local office. Residents can file the paperwork through Jan. 28.

Some will face off during the May Primary election next May 20, while others will have to wait until the general election on Nov. 4. Those who are elected will take office Jan. 1, 2015.

Those who want to change their political party before the primary next May 20 must do so by Dec. 31 at Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's office. Carney's office staff members say they have already had people come in to do this.

Next year's election ballots will be full, which means to Carney there will likely be a good turnout of voters.

"[There will] be a lot of interest," he said.

But the turnout won't likely be as high as if the presidential race was on the ballot, he said. The next presidential race will be in 2016.

Races up for election next year include all county offices.

The Taylor Circuit Court Clerk and commonwealths attorney seats won't be up for election until 2016.

Voters will select their mayor, county judge/executive, city council, magistrates, coroner, county attorney, state representative and senator, U.S. senator and representative, circuit and district court judges, sheriff, PVA, county clerk, surveyor, jailer and a few school board and soil conservation representatives during next year's elections.

A complete list of the offices up for election next May and November and of the incumbents who currently have those offices is printed as a sidebar to this story.

Carney said the state's election schedule was created so there is a year of local elections, a year of state races and then a year of federal elections followed by a year of no elections.

"We're just in that year where there's no election," he said.

But that doesn't mean those who intend to file for races haven't already begun to announce their intentions and campaign.

Talk has begun circulating in the community about who might file for what offices, Carney said.

Though candidates have from Nov. 6 to Jan. 28 to file for office, Carney said those who want in the political arena could file as a write-in candidate until up to 10 days before the general election. Only votes for write-in candidates who file as such will be counted, he said.

Carney said the upcoming political races will require lots of coordination from the county's election board members, but also generate much interest.

Becoming a Candidate

Those who want to be a candidate in the next election must file paperwork and pay a fee. Fees range from $50 to $500 and most paperwork is filed at the Taylor County Clerk's Office at the Taylor County Courthouse.

To qualify to file for the U.S. senator office, a person must be at least 30, have been a United States citizen for nine years, and, when elected, live in the state in which they will represent. Filing fee is $500 and paperwork must be submitted to the secretary of state office.

The same is true to be a candidate for U.S. representative, though those candidates have to be at least 25 and have lived in the United States for seven years before being eligible.

Candidates for Kentucky state senator must be at least 30, have been a Kentucky resident for six years and have lived in the district they want to represent for the past year.

Candidates for Kentucky state representative must be at least 24, a Kentucky resident for two years and the area in which he or she will represent for a year.

Filing fee for the state senator and representative seats is $200 to the Secretary of State.

Circuit and district court judge candidates must be Kentucky residents and have lived in the district in which they will represent for two years.

Circuit court judge candidates must have been licensed attorneys for at least eight years and district judge candidates for two.

Filing fee for those offices is $200 to the secretary of state office.

County judge/executive candidates must be at least 24, have lived in Kentucky for two years and at least a year in the community they will serve, if elected.

County clerk candidates must be at least 21, have lived in Kentucky for two years and in the county they will represent for at least one.

County attorney candidates must be at least 24, have lived in Kentucky for two years and in the county they will serve for at least one. They also must have been a practicing attorney for two years.

Sheriff, jailer, coroner, PVA, surveyor, magistrate and constable candidates must be at least 24, have lived in Kentucky for two years and in the county they will serve for one.

Filing fee for those offices is $50 and can be paid at the Taylor County Clerk's Office.

To file for a soil conservation seat, candidates must be a resident of the district in which they will represent. Filing fee is $20 to the county clerk.

Mayor candidates must be at least 25, have lived in the town they will represent for at least a year and be a registered voter. Mayors are required to live in the town they represent. Filing fee is $50 to the county clerk.

To serve on the city council, candidates must follow the same guidelines as for mayoral candidates, but must be at least 21 years old. Filing fee is the same.

To file for school board offices, a resident must be at least 24 years old, have been a Kentucky resident for three years preceding the election, a voter in the district they will represent and have a high school diploma or GED.

School board candidates are also required to have not had a state office or be a member of the General Assembly or have any other civil or political office. They can't be employed by a company that is involved with the sale of services to the Board they want to serve on or be related to any employees in the district.

Filing fee is $20 at the county clerk's office.

For more information about candidate qualifications, call Carney at 465-6677.

Races Up for Election

The following races will be up for election next year, some in May, but the majority will be decided in November. Along with the office is the incumbent who currently serves in the position. The window to begin submitting paperwork to become candidates for the offices opens this Nov. 6.

U.S. Senator              Mitch McConnell

U.S. Representative       Ed Whitfield

State Senator             Sara Beth Gregory

State Representative      John "Bam" Carney

11th Judicial Circuit Court Judges

Division 1                Dan Kelly

Division 2                Allan Bertram

11th Judicial Circuit District Court Judges  

Division 1                Amy Anderson

Division 2                Connie S. Phillips

Magistrates

District 1                Dr. James Jones

District 2                John Gaines

District 3                Tommy Corbin

District 4                Matt Pendleton

District 5                Ed Gorin

District 6                Richard Phillips

County Attorney           John Bertram

County Judge/Executive    Eddie Rogers

Mayor                     Tony Young

Sheriff                   Allen Newton

County Clerk              Mark Carney

PVA                       Chad Shively

Jailer                    Hack Marcum

Coroner                   Terry Dabney

Surveyor                  Don Dabney

City Council

                           Jimmy Ewing

                          Diane Ford-Benningfield

                          Mike Hall Jr.

                          Randall Herron

                          Sharon Hoskins-Sanders

                          Terry Keltner

                          Stan McKinney

                          Vicki Mullins

                          Dave Nunery

                          Paul Osborne

                          Patti Phillips

                          Greg Rice

Constables

District 1                Robert Young

District 2                Tim Cox

District 3                Jamie Gaddis

District 4                Marshall Graham

District 5                Wayne Parson

District 6                Rick Reynolds

Taylor County School Board

District 1                Deanna Hunt

District 5                David Hall

Campbellsville School Board

                               Mitch Overstreet

                               Angie Johnson

                               Suzanne Wilson

Soil Conservation

                          Sophia Adams

                          Doug Martin

                          Marion Howard