Local candidate filings are slow

(Filed Jan. 3, 2014) Region- Several hundred candidates have already filed for judicial and other state offices with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office but there has not been a rush to file in Marshall or Livingston Counties. Despite a flurry of announcements for Marshall County offices in November only three incumbent Marshall County candidates have actually filed for local offices. Things look a little more heated in Livingston County where two county office holders are already facing opponents.

According to election officials candidates sometimes wait until January 1, to file in order to avoid one of the reporting periods. However they also say the reporting requirements are met easily and candidates can amend filing petitions filed before the end of the year.

The only candidates to have actually filed for office at Marshall County Courthouse include County attorney Jeff Edwards, County Clerk Tim York and Property Valuation Administrator Tony A. Henson. All three have filed as Democrats. Judge Dennis Foust has also filed for re-election as Circuit Judge of the 42 Judicial District, which serves Marshall and Calloway Counties. Judicial offices must be filed for directly with the Kentucky Secretary of State in Frankfort and are non-partisan elections.

Livingston County Sheriff Bobby Davidson has filed to run in the spring primary as a Republican and Larry L. O’Neal Jr. has filed to run for sheriff in the Livingston County Democratic primary. Marvin L. Buford and Harry Van Smith will face off in the Livingston County Democratic Primary for District 4 Magistrate.

Several other Livingston County candidates have filed to run in the Democratic primary and were unopposed as of last Friday afternoon. Those candidates include Sonya Williams running for re-election as county clerk, Terry R. Stringer running for re-election as magistrate in district 1, Jeff Armstrong running for county coroner, Franklin Walker running for re-election as magistrate in district 2, Chris Lasher running for re-election as county judge and Billy Riley running for re-election as county attorney.

The filing deadline is January 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. However, there is also a deadline for changing party affiliation for candidates. Candidates who wish to change their party affiliation must do so before December 31, 2103.

Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes has encouraged all candidates to file before the filing deadline so their candidacy filing can be checked for errors in filing. Corrections can be made before the filing deadline but not after the filing deadline. Inaccuracies in filing petitions found after the deadline can keep a potential candidate off the ballot.