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Filing already begins for 2014 elections

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With the filing deadline still over two months away, candidates are now putting their names on the dotted line for the 2014 primary and general elections.

Candidates could officially begin filing for office on Nov. 6 and the county clerk's office has been fairly busy. As of Thursday afternoon, three candidates had filed for the office of county judge/executive.

Incumbent Melanie Roberts will seek her third term and will face Republican primary opposition from John Bradshaw, who is currently magistrate in the Fourth District.

On the Democratic side, Tony Thompson of Pioneer Village has filed.

In the race for county attorney, two Republicans have filed.

Incumbent Monica Meredith Robinson is being challenged by John Wooldridge in the primary. No Democratic candidate has filed.

In the race for constable in the Fourth District, current animal control officer Jimmy Miller has filed in the Republican primary. Incumbent Charlie Wright will not seek re-election to that seat. Instead, he has announced his candidacy for the magistrate's seat in the Fourth District. The Democrat has not officially filed as of Thursday.

Newly-revamped legislative districts have also seen a number of candidates already file their paperwork.

In the 26th District, incumbent Russell Webber has filed for election in his new territory. The Republican is in his first term as a House member of the 49th District.

Michael J. Nemes of Shepherdsville has filed as a Republican seeking the 49th District House of Representative seat. Democrat Linda Belcher has announced her candidacy for that legislative seat.

In the 53rd District, which covers a couple of precincts in eastern Bullitt County, as well as Spencer and Anderson counties, Kent Stevens, a Democrat from Lawrenceburg, and James Tipton, a Republican from Taylorsville, have filed.

In municipal races, the city of Shepherdsville has been the lone location of early filings.

In the race for mayor, current councilmember Faith Portman has filed for the Democratic nomination. And Gaynell Rummage has filed for the Republican primary.

Incumbent Scott Ellis has not officially filed but has announced his intentions to run in the Republican primary.

Rebecca Ward has filed for another four-year term as District Judge in the first division of the 55th Judicial District.

Every office could be on the ballot next year, with the exception of circuit clerk Paulita Keith and commonwealth attorney Michael Mann.

The primary filing deadline is Jan. 31.