Primary Election Day less than two weeks away

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For information on your polling place, call the County Clerk's Office at 270-465-6677

By The Staff


Less than two weeks remain until voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for several local offices. 

The May primary election will be held Tuesday, May 22, with polls being open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Among the races on the ballot include Republican races for magistrate in the 1st, 5th, and 6th, as well as Democrat races for magistrate in the 4th and 5th districts. There will also be Democrat races for circuit court clerk, 4th District constable and a Democrat race for U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District. 

In the Republican 1st District magistrate race, Anthony Hash is challenging Republican James E. Jones. The 1st District includes voters in the Oak Hill-Poplar Grove, Saloma/Willowtown, and New North precincts. 

The winner of that race will face off against Democrat David Harris in November, who is running unopposed on the Democrat side. 

In the Democrat race for 4th District magistrate, Rick A. Henderson and Terry “T-Bone” Hughes will face off, with the winner moving on to the November race against incumbent Zuel Yarberry. 

Democrat voters in the 4th District will also vote for the district’s next constable. 

Three individuals are running for constable in the district, including Scott Chelf, Donnie Porter, and Jason Jeffries. 

There are no Republicans seeking election to that position. The 4th District includes the Elkhorn-Yuma, Ireland/Irene-Romine, and New South precincts. 

With the recent retirement of 5th District Magistrate Ed Gorin, that magistrate seat seems to be a competitive race. Republican voters will choose between Allen “A.J.” Johnson, David Agee, Bobby A. Burress, and Derrick Bright. Democrats in the 5th District will choose between Thomas “Red” Goff, Adolphus Holland, Paul Benskin, and William R. “Bill” Perkins. The 5th District includes voters in the New West, New City West, and Old West precincts. 

The Republican winner and the Democrat winner will face off in November to determine who will be the next 5th District magistrate. 

In the 6th District, Dana Vaughn-Crews is challenging incumbent Richard Phillips for his seat. There are no Democrats seeking the 6th District magistrate position. 

Registered Democrats will also vote for circuit court clerk on May 22, as Susie Skaggs and Jennifer Kirtley Caulk will seek to punch their ticket to November to run against Republican Adam Burress, who has no competition on the Republican side. 

Democrats will also vote for their nominee for United States Representative in the 1st Congressional District, the seat currently occupied by Republican James Comer. Democrat voters will choose between Paul Walker, an English professor at Murray State University, and Alonzo Pennington, a musician from Princeton. 

The above-mentioned races are partisan, meaning that voters can only vote for candidates in the same political party during the primary election. 

However, there will also be multiple non-partisan races on the ballot, where the voter or candidate’s political party makes no difference. 

Among those in the race for district judge are Mike Hall Jr., Luke Lawless, and Jeremy A. Wood, all of Campbellsville, and Jude Hagan and Dawn L. McCauley, both of Lebanon. The five candidates are vying for the seat formerly held by Judge Connie Phillips. 

The two candidates who receive the most votes will face off in the November General Election. Voters in Taylor, Green, Marion, and Washington counties will vote in that race.

Voters in Taylor County will also vote for a judge to represent Kentucky’s third judicial district in the State Supreme Court. Among the candidates are Dan Ballou, the chief circuit judge in the 34th Judicial District, Debra Hembree Lambert, a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and David Tapp, a circuit court judge in Somerset. 

Finally, all voters within the city of Campbellsville will vote in the mayor’s race. Voters will choose between former mayor Brenda Allen, incumbent mayor Tony Young, local pastor Roger Robertson, city councilwoman Patricia “Patti” Phillips, city councilwoman Sharon Hoskins-Sanders, and local businessman Steven Seibech. 

The two candidates who receive the most votes will face off in the November General Election. Voters in the New East, New City East, part of New North, East, Old South, New South, New West, New City West, Old West, Old North, and New City North precincts are eligible to vote in the mayoral primary. 

Those who are unsure of which precinct they are in or unsure of their polling place can contact the Taylor County Clerk’s Office at 270-465-6677, or go online through the Kentucky Voter Information Center. You can click here to go directly to the Voter Information Center. 

Online, citizens can enter their first, middle, and last names, along with their date of birth and last four digits of their social security number and find their precinct information, as well as the physical address of their polling place.