Filings slow as Tuesday deadline comes quick

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With just a couple of days to go, the number of candidates filing for office is surprisingly low.

But things could pick up as candidates wait until the final moments, which will be 4 p.m. at the county clerk's office.

The biggest change of the past few days was the filing of two current magistrates who are seeking another term in office.

In the Second District, Robert Hunt filed for a full term on fiscal court from the Second District.

The Republican defeated Rick Clements, who had been appointed to fill the vacancy left when Dan Kelty resigned to join the Mount Washington Police Department.

As of Friday afternoon, Hunt was the lone candidate in the Second District race.

And, in the Third District, incumbent Joe Laswell is seeking his fourth term.

In the Republican primary, Laswell is currently facing opposition from Mike Reigle.

In the Democratic primary, Mike Higgins and former magistrate Hiram Gibson will battle for the right to advance to November.

Another incumbent who filed for office is coroner David Billings.

He will face Republican Tim Hasting in the primary race.

Otherwise, there was little other movement in county races.

The race for county judge/executive remains a three-person race with another candidate who has announced his plans to run as an independent.

Incumbent Melanie Roberts will face Fourth District magistrate John Bradshaw in the primary. Democrat Tony Thompson is the lone Democrat.

Depp Rasner, who lost in the Republican primary four years ago to Roberts, has announced his plans to file for that position under the Independent Party banner.

In the race for county attorney, incumbent Monica Meredith Robinson is being challenged in the Republican primary by John Wooldridge.

The race for sheriff will also see incumbent David Greenwell against the man he defeated four years ago, Donnie Tinnell, in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Martha Weaver Knox is facing a challenge in the fall general election from Republican Paul Watkins in a rematch of the 2010 race for jailer.

In the First Magisterial District, incumbent Ruthie Ashbaugh is facing former magistrate Dennis Mitchell in the Republican primary.

The most crowded field is in the Fourth District magisterial seat, which will be vacant with Bradshaw running for county judge.

Republicans Tom Kelly, Roger Hobbs, Sherry Waters Hurt and Paul W. Ham have filed. Current constable Charlie Wright has filed as a Democrat.

In the First District race for constable, incumbent Butch Johnson has opted to not run for re-election.

Robert Watkins is the lone Republican to file. Democrats Eddie McAllister and Joshua Lee Riggle have filed.

In the Second District, where there is no constable filling the position, three Republicans -- Eric W. Sullivan, John Cauley and Dale Walter -- have filed.

In the Third District, where incumbent Russell McCubbins is not expected to run for another term, Republican James Scrogham Jr. and Democrat Donnie Dickson have filed.

And, in the Fourth District, where Wright is not running for re-election, Republican James "Jimmy" Miller has filed, as have Democrats Buddy Greenwell and David H. Mann.

Bruce Johnson is the lone person to file for the office of property valuation administrator.

Republican Kevin Mooney is the lone person who has filed for the office of county clerk.

And incumbent surveyor John St. Clair is the lone candidate for that office.

 In the only city which will have a partisan election, Shepherdsville has four candidates for mayor.

Incumbent Scott Ellis would face Gaynell Rummage in the Republican primary. And councilmember Faith Portman would face Brian James in the Democratic primary.

Only six Republicans have filed for the office of city council.

Incumbents Jose Cubero, Dana Bischoff James, Gloria Taft and Bernard Brown have been joined by Daryl Lee and former councilman and mayor Larry Hatfield on the ballot.

In Lebanon Junction, Kim Shumaker and Steve Masden have filed for the non-partisan position of mayor. If three file for the office, a primary will determine the top two who would face off in the fall.

For the city council, Mary Allie Phillips, Mark E. Shumaker, Tom Tyler, Connie Jackson, Billy "Ozzie" Maraman, Tim Sanders, Terry Stovall, Larry Dangerfield and Gary Frey have filed.

If less than 13 file for the city council, no primary will be held.



Judicial races

In the four judgeships on the ballot, none of the current officeholders are facing opposition.

Rebecca Ward and Jennifer Porter have filed for the two district judgeships.

Elise Givhan Spainhour and Rodney Burress have filed for the two circuit judgeships.


State races

Incumbent Russell Webber will have local opposition in his bid for a second term in the General Assembly.

Webber will be representing the 26th District, which includes much of Bullitt and part of Hardin County, under the new boundaries.

He will be challenged by Alex Wimsatt of Mount Washington. A former journalist, Wimsatt is currently employed with the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission.

In the 49th District, former representative Linda Belcher will be seeking to return to a redesigned seat. The Democrat is being challenged by Jonathan Cacciatore.

Republican Michael Nemes does not have primary opposition at this point.

In the 53rd District, which includes a couple of precincts from eastern Bullitt County, Democrats Kent Stevens and Donna Drury have filed. Also filing is Republican James Tipton.

And in the new 38th District in the Senate, incumbent Dan Seum has filed for another term. He will be challenged in the Republican primary by Bullitt Countian Brenda Board.

Those wishing to file office must have all their paperwork into the county clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. There is no extension due to improper paperwork or the office being closed for inclement weather.