Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

January 28, 2014

63 candidates file for May primary

By Leeann Akers - Editor
CNHI

Jan. 28, 2014 —

Tuesday was the final day to file for elected office in Carter County and 52 candidates had filed by the 4 p.m. deadline.

 

Incumbent Judge-Executive Charles Wallace faces fellow Democrat and former magistrate Millard Cordle and Magistrate Brad Brammell in the May primary race. Chester Highly also is vying for the Democratic nomination.

 

Mike Malone and Kevin McDavid filed for judge-executive in the Republican primary.

 

In the sheriff's race, Democratic incumbent Sheriff Casey Brammell faces fellow Democrats R.D. Porter, Keith Hill, and Donald Beller.

 

Paul Meek, Jeff May and Tony Cantrell are seeking the Republican nomination.

 

Incumbent Republican County Attorney Patrick Flannery will be challenged by Democrat Brian K. Bayes.

 

Incumbent Democrat PVA Charles L. Kiser Jr. withdrew his candidacy last Thursday when his daughter, Leslie J. Kiser, also a Democrat, filed to run.

 

Incumbent Democrat County Clerk Mike D. Johnston remains unchallenged.

 

Incumbent Coroner George Sparks will face fellow Democrat William Waddell.

 

Democrat Lester Bailey is seeking the jailer nomination in the Democratic primary while incumbent Republican R.W. Boggs has filed for the GOP spot.

 

Democrat Lovell Carper has filed to seek the District 1 magistrate seat. Nicholas Wilburn, Chris Huddle and Stephen Campbell have filed for the Republican nomination.

 

In the race for magistrate in District 2, incumbent Clarence “Sonny” Fankell will face fellow Democrats James O. Wilburn and Randy McGuire. Wayne Terry will seek the Republican nomination.

 

Democrats Mark Miller, Carl "Wes" Walker, and Larry Martin filed for their party's nomination in District 3 while Republicans Larry Knipp and Eugene Tussey have filed for the Republican nomination. Magistrate Mary Ellen Greenhill currently holds the seat.

 

Republican Nicholas Barker has filed for the District 4 magistrate position. Incumbent Clifford Roe will face fellow Democrats Bill Reynolds, Jeffrey Fite, and Rocky Kiser.

 

Incumbent Magistrate Brandon Burton, the lone Republican serving on Fiscal Court, filed to run again in District 5. He faces William Webb and Paul A. Richards in the GOP primary. Democrat William Wilson also has filed for the seat.

 

Democrat James Norman Felty has filed to run for District 1 constable. Brian Stevens filed for the republican nomination.

 

In District 2, Democrat Danny Davis will face Robert Knipp. Christopher Wilson is the only Republican candidate.

Johnny E. Gifford, a Democrat, will run for District 3 constable.

 

Democrats Billy Dan Dailey and Phillip Blevins will vie for constable in Districts 4 and 5, respectively.

 

The sole candidate to file for the November general election is Lisa Ramey-Easterling. She is running for the District 3 school board seat to which she was appointed last September.

 

At the state level, 11 candidates have filed for offices affecting Carter County.

 

Republican Rep. Jill York will seek another term in the 96th House District. Democrats Berry Webb of Webbville and Derrick Willis of Grayson also have filed for that seat. The district includes Carter and Lawrence counties.

 

Incumbent Democrat Robin Webb is seeking reelection in her 18th Senatorial District which covers Boyd, Greenup and Carter counties. Ashland's Tony Downey is seeking the Republican nomination.

 

Incumbents Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips and Family Court Judge David D. Flatt have filed for re-election for the 37th Circuit, which includes Carter, Morgan and Elliott counties.

 

Incumbent District Judge Rupert Wilhoit will face John Thompson of Grayson. The 37th Circuit also covers Carter, Morgan and Elliott counties.

 

W. Kent Varney, of Pikeville, filed his candidacy for Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge for the 7th Appellate District, Division 2. Varney will face Janet Stumbo in the race.

 

The primary election will take place on May 20.

Candidates running for mayor and City Council seats in Grayson and Olive Hill have until Aug. 12 to file.

 

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by telephone at 474-5101.