The chaos that is the 2018 election season has begun. During the first day that filing was permitted on Nov. 8, eight candidates filed paperwork with Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz to seek public office in Whitley County.
Whitley County Jailer Brian Lawson was the first candidate to file at 8:15 a.m.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 14 people have filed to run for office in Whitley County, in addition to two other candidates with Whitley County ties, who have filed to run office with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office.
So far there are only two contested races on the ballot, but more are expected before the filing deadline at 4 p.m. on Jan. 30.
Lawson will face Curtis Surgener for the Republican nomination for Whitley County Jailer.
Dr. Bernard C. Moses filed Monday to run for Williamsburg Mayor, and incumbent Roddy Harrison filed late Tuesday afternoon seeking re-election.
So far, almost all of the other candidates that have filed in Whitley County are seeking re-election and the Republican nomination for their respective offices, including: Whitley Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton, Whitley County Attorney Bob Hammons, Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz, Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White, Jr. and Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
Incumbents Ron “Bubba” Bowling, Dorman Patrick, Jr. and Andy Moses have all filed to seek the Republican nomination for the second, third and fourth-district constable jobs, respectively.
Third-District Magistrate Mike Jarboe and Fourth-District Magistrate Robbie Brown have also filed seeking the Republican nomination for their respective positions.
Ronnie Bowling, Jr. has filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office to seek the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 34th Judicial Circuit, which comprises Whitley and McCreary counties.
Incumbent Allen Trimble has previously announced that he won’t seek another term in office after serving more than 30 years in the position. Trimble’s son, Graham Trimble, has previously filed a notice of intent to seek the commonwealth’s attorney position.
Whitley and McCreary Circuit Judge Dan Ballou has filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to seek the position of Third-District Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. The district comprises 27 counties, including Whitley County.
David A. Tapp, a circuit judge for Pulaski, Rockcastle and Lincoln counties, has previously filed a notice of intent to also seek the Third-District Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court position.