May 28, 2014 — With the primary election behind them, 37 local candidates are beginning the long campaign trial to the Nov. 4 general election.
A few, however, can already rest easy.
William Waddell beat four- term incumbent George Sparks for the Democrat nomination for the county coroner's seat. With no one opposing from the other party, Waddell will take office Jan. 1.
County Clerk Mike Johnston and PVA Leslie Kiser both ran unopposed and will continue in their offices. Kiser is completing the last term of her father, Charlie Kiser.
In other county races, incumbent Judge-Executive Charles Wallace, a Democrat, will face Republican Mike Malone. Malone had nearly 59 percent of his party's votes while Wallace earned 38 percent from his party.
Republican Jeff May will face Democratic incumbent Sheriff Casey Brammell and independent candidate Eric “Bubba” Johnson in the fall.
May, who had just one opponent in the primary, took 72 percent of the GOP votes. Brammell, who faced a primary with three other hopefuls, got 35 percent of the votes. Johnson is the only independent candidate to file in Carter County.
In magisterial District 1, Republican Chris Huddle won his party's nomination with 56 percent of the vote. He will face Democrat Lovell Carper, who was unopposed in the primary.
In District 2, Democrat James O. Wilburn won with 39 percent. He will face Republican Wayne Terry, who ran unopposed.
In District 3, Republican Larry Knipp will face Democrat Mark Miller.
In District 4, incumbent Democrat Clifford Roe will face Republican Nicholas Barker.
In District 5, incumbent Republican Brandon Burton will face Democrat William Wilson, who was unopposed in the primary.
Incumbent Republican County Attorney Patrick Flannery will be challenged by Democrat Brian K. Bayes.
Democrat Lester Bailey will face incumbent Republican jailer R.W. Boggs.
Democrat James Norman Felty has filed to run for District 1 constable. Brian Stevens filed for the Republican nomination.