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Others begin to jump in 2014 races

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Election 2014

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Several more candidates have gotten their names on the ballot for the 2014 election in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Since the Nov. 6 acceptance of candidates, several more have filed after the initial rush.

In the race for sheriff, incumbent David Greenwell has filed for the Republican Party.

Kevin Mooney, now running under the Republican Party flag, has filed for another term as Bullitt County clerk.

For the position of coroner, Tim Hasting has filed as a Republican.

Tom Kelly has filed as a Republican candidate for the position of magistrate in the Fourth District. That became an open position when John Bradshaw opted to run for another office.

In the city of Lebanon Junction, Kim Shumaker has filed for the non-partisan position of mayor. It appears that will also be an open position as incumbent Butch Sweat has said he would not run for another term.

Also, incumbent Mary Allie Phillips has filed for a return to the Lebanon Junction City Council.

In other local races, nothing has changed over the past few weeks.

Incumbent Melanie Roberts will seek her third term and will face Republican primary opposition from 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 seeking her second term as county attorney. John Wooldridge will make a challenge in the Republican 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. 

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 but has not officially filed.

In the 53rd District, which covers a couple of precincts in eastern Bullitt County, as well as Spencer and Anderson counties, three have filed for the seat.

Kent Stevens, a Democrat from Lawrenceburg, and Donna Crain Drury, another Democrat from Lawrenceburg, have filed. James Tipton, a Republican from Taylorsville, has also 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. And incumbent Jennifer Porter has filed for another term in the second division.

Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress has filed for another six-year term on the bench.

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.