The deadline to enter races for the May 2014 primary is now just two weeks away and the filing for offices, both locally as well as state and federal, is slowly growing, topping the 50 total of names that will be on ballots in Clinton County this spring.
A total of five new candidates–but only two local–officially filed papers to seek office.
The two local candidates include Jerry Hicks, Republican for County Judge/Executive, and Gary Lane Ferguson, for Magistrate in District Four, also a Republican.
This brings the total number of local candidates to 37, with 34 of those being Republican and three Democrats. Three Republicans and Democrats each are running for judge/executive and four candidates–all Republicans, for magistrate in the fourth district, the most of any magisterial race thus far.
In addition, there were two more candidates who filed for U.S. Senate, including incumbent Republican and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat and current Kentucky Secretary of State.
State Senator Sara Beth Gregory officially filed for re-election last Wednesday. She represents the 16th Senate District which includes Clinton, Adair, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne counties.
With the latest round of filings, there are now a total of 51 candidates overall–including the 37 local–that will be on ballots in the Clinton County primary in May. Those include all county offices, State Senate, State Representative, one U.S. Senate seat and U.S. House of Representatives-First District.
There are also several district and circuit judges races and races for Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Justices that will appear on the ballot in statewide in various districts.
The filing deadline is Tuesday, January 28 at 4 p.m.