Races fill up as final seconds tick down

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the locking of the front door at exactly 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the filing deadline passed for the May primary.

Some traditionally contested races could be decided in the May primary; while others will be determined in the fall.

County races

The race for Bullitt County Judge/Executive ended like it started several weeks ago.

Incumbent Melanie Roberts will face primary opposition from fellow Republican John Bradshaw, who is currently the magistrate of District Four.

The winner will face Democrat Tony Thompson, who is unopposed in the spring.

The race for county attorney gained a Democratic candidate on the final day.

Angie Etherton filed as a Democratic candidate. She will face the winner of the Republican primary between incumbent Monica Meredith Robinson and John Wooldridge.

The race for county clerk will be decided in the spring.

Incumbent Kevin Mooney picked up two Republican challengers on the final day - Richard W. Seay Sr. of Shepherdsville and Aaron Messer of Mount Washington.

No Democrat filed.

The race for sheriff will also be decided in the spring.

Incumbent David Greenwell will be challenged by Donnie Tinnell in the Republican primary. Greenwell won their latest battle four years ago.

The race for jailer will see Republican Paul Watkins having the opportunity to await the winner of the Democratic primary between incumbent Martha Weaver Knox and Daniel Patchin.

The race for coroner will also be decided in the spring.

Incumbent David Billings will be challenged by Timothy Hasting in the Republican primary.

In the magisterial races, each district will be contested.

In the First District, Democrat Michael G. Thomas of Mount Washington will not have a primary.

Republican voters will choose between incumbent Ruthie Ashbaugh and former magistrate Dennis Mitchell.

In the Second District, current Mount Washington councilman Brent Wheeler will not have a primary.

He will face the Republican primary survivor. Incumbent Robert Hunt is being challenged by David L. Branham and Gary Lawson, all of Mount Washington.

The Third District will find incumbent Joe Laswell facing a Republican challenger in Mike Reigle. The winner will face the survivor of the Democratic primary, which pits Fox Chase councilman Mike Higgins and former magistrate Hiram Gibson.

The Fourth District will be an open seat as Bradshaw is running for county judge.

Tom Kelly, Roger Hobbs, Sherry Waters Hurt, Paul W. Ham and Joe Rayhill will battle it out for the Republican nomination. Democrat Charles Wright will advance to the general election.

The races for constable also drew a crowd as all four are open seats.

In the First District, Republican Robert Watkins will not have primary opposition. He will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Eddie McAllister and Joshua Lee Riggle.

The Second District is currently an open seat.

Republicans Eric W. Sullivan, John Cauley, Dale Water, Terry Alan Williams and Walter S. Thompson will battle in the Republican primary.

Democrat Troy L. Brigmon will await the GOP nominee in the fall.

In the Third District, James Scrogham Jr. will be the Republican candidate in the fall. His opponent will be either Donnie Dickson or Charles Shaw Sr., both Democrats.

The Fourth District will find Republicans Jimmy Miller and Mark Williams facing off. For the Democratic nomination, Buddy Greenwell and David H. Mann will battle.

Property valuation administrator Bruce Johnson and surveyor John St. Clair will both be unopposed.


City races

The city of Shepherdsville will have the only contested primary races.

The city of Lebanon Junction, which is non-partisan, did not have enough candidates to file to force a primary. All candidates will advance to the fall general election.

 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.

The last days of filing brought out a bumper crop of candidates.

Four Democrats filed for the six available seats. Former councilman Robert Flaherty, Carol Brady, Lindsey Wolff and Kenneth Newton will advance to the fall general election.

On the Republican side, 11 candidates have filed with the six top votegetters in May advancing to the fall election.

Incuments Jose Cubero, Bernard Brown, Dana Bischoff James, Clinton Kline and Gloria Taft all filed for re-election. Other Republicans who have filed include former mayor and councilman Larry Hatfield, Randy Hammond, Ashley Bratcher, Jim Smothers, Daryl Lee and Glen Fleming.

In Lebanon Junction, Kim Shumaker and Steve Masden have filed for the non-partisan position of mayor. Both advance to 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. In the fall race, the top six will fill the council seats.


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 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.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat Scott Wantland, a local attorney, in the fall.

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.