Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 28, 2014

County, city races set

Filing deadline was Tuesday

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — The races are set.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file to run for county and some city offices. And, with all county offices up for grabs this year, there were a slew of filings in northeastern Kentucky.

A complete list of filings from Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence counties:

Boyd County

Five candidates are seeking the office of judge-executive being vacated by William “Bud” Stevens at the end of the year. Current County District 1 Commissioner David Salisbury, former United Way Executive Director Steve Towler and Jack E. Hardin are the Democratic hopefuls. Kenny Parker and George L. Brown Jr. are seeking the Republican nomination.

The same number of candidates are running for the open sheriff’s seat. Vying to succeed the retiring Terry Keelin are Democrats Bobby Jack Woods, Robert Donta and William “Billy” Bare and Republicans Scott L. Sharp and Corey Allen Gumbert.

Incumbent Jailer Joe Burchett is being challenged in the Democratic primary by former Catlettsburg assistant police chief Dean Akers and Charles P. Hall II. No Republicans filed for the post.

Seeking the District 1 county commission seat are Democrats David R. “Doc” Bayes, James L. “Jimbo” Moore, John R. Greer, Bill N. Walters and Anthony W. “Tony” Cox. In District 2, incumbent Commissioner Tom Jackson, a Democrat, faces a primary challenge from Jerry D. Clark. The District 3 Democratic primary will pit incumbent Carl Tolliver against David L. Hicks and Christopher M. Stewart. The winner will face Republican Randall L. Stapleton in the fall.

Incumbent Mark Hammond and funeral home operator Marshall Steen will vie for coroner in the Democratic primary. No Republicans filed, so the primary winner will be unopposed in November.

Timothy B. Woods is unopposed in the District 1 constable race. Also running unopposed for re-election are County Attorney Phillip Hedrick and County Clerk Debbie Jones.

The District 2 constable race will pit Democrat William Steen against Republican Chris Daniels in November. Democrats Don Maggard and Richard Vanhoose will vie for the District 3 constable post in the primary.

In the judicial races, former Boyd Circuit Judge Marc I. Rosen filed to challenge the man who replaced him in that position, incumbent George W. Davis III. However, Rosen’s eligibility to seek the office is in question. Boyd’s other circuit judge, C. David Hagerman, is unopposed for re-election, as are district judges Scott T. Reese and Gerald B. Reams Jr.

All four incumbent Ashland city commissioners — Kevin Gunderson, Larry Brown, Marty Gute and Cheryl Spriggs — filed for re-election. They will be challenged by former City Manager Steve Corbitt, Amanda Clark and former Commissioner Tom Cantrell. There will be no primary in the commission race; the top four-getters in November will take office in January.

 Carter County

Judge-Executive Charles Wallace will be challenged in the Democratic primary by a current member of the fiscal court, District 1 Magistrate Brad Brammell, former Magistrate Millard Cordle and Chester “Chuck” Highley. The winner of that race will face one of two Republican candidates — former sheriff and current Grayson Police Chief Kevin “Mooch” McDavid or Grayson funeral home owner Mike Thomas Malone — in November.

In the other fiscal court races, three Republicans filed to run for Brammell’s District 1 seat — Nicholas Lynn Wilburn, Chris Huddle and Stephen Campbell. The winner will face Democrat Lovell Carper, who’s unopposed in the primary, in the fall.

In the District 2 magistrate’s race, incumbent Democrat Clarence “Sonny” Fankell is being challenged in the primary by James O. Wilburn and Randy “Roadside” McGuire. Wayne A. Terry was the only Republican who filed.

In District 3, incumbent Mary Ellen Greenhill, who was appointed to the post following the death of her husband, Ronnie Greenhill, chose not to file for re-election. Filing for the open seat were Democrats Mark Miller, Carl “Wes” Walker and Larry Martin and Republicans Larry E. Knipp and Eugene Tussey.

Four Democrats — Bill Reynolds, incumbent Clifford "Sodbuster" Roe, Jeffrey D. Fite and Rocky Kiser — filed to run for District 4 magistrate. Nicholas Barker was the lone Republican to file.

In District 5, incumbent Republican Magistrate Brandon Burton faces a primary challenge from William “Bill” Webb. William “Bill” Wilson and Paul A. Richards are seeking the Democratic nod.

Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Casey Brammell is being challenged in the primary by former Grayson Police Chief Keith Hill, R.D. Porter and Donald Beller. Paul Meek, Jeffrey May and Tony Cantrell filed for the GOP nomination.

Incumbent Republican Jailer R.W. Boggs will be unopposed in the primary, but will face Democrat Lester Bailey in the general election.

Incumbent County Attorney Patrick Flannery, a Republican, is also unchallenged in the primary, but will be opposed by Democrat Brian Bayes in the fall.

County Clerk Mike Johnston, a Democrat, drew no opposition. Longtime Property Valuation Administrator Charles L. Kiser Jr. withdrew his candidacy, and his daughter, Leslie J. Kiser, the current chief deputy PVA, is running unopposed.

Incumbent Carter Coroner George Sparks, a Democrat, faces a primary challenge from William Waddell. No Republicans filed for the post.

In the constable races, Democrat James Norman Felty and Republican Brian M. Stephen will be unopposed in the District 1 primaries, Democrats Danny Davis and Robert Knipp and Republican Christopher Wilson are seeking the District 2 post, Johnny E. Gifford, a Democrat, is unopposed in District 3; Democrat Billy Dan Bailey is unopposed in District 4 and Democrat Phillip M. Blevins is unopposed in District 5.

Greenup County

Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter, Jailer Mike Worthington, Sheriff Keith Cooper, County Attorney Mike Wilson and Coroner Neil Wright are all assured of re-election because none drew opposition.

Longtime PVA Bill Clary, a Democrat, faces a primary challenge from Bobby Hall. The winner will face Republican Betty Riffe in November.

In the county commission races, District 1 incumbent Mike Hieneman, a Democrat, is unopposed. District 2 incumbent Tony Quillen, a Republican, has no primary challenger, but will face either Clarence “Soc” Clay or Richard Howerton, who are vying for the Democratic nomination, in the fall. In District 3, Democrat Billy Ray Stephens, the incumbent, is being challenged in the primary by Randy Ashley and Tom Crump. Rick Wilson and Earnest David Duty II are seeking the Republican nod.

In the constable races, Democrat Tom Colley is unopposed in District 2; incumbent Lenard Hall Jr., Tammie Womack and Steve Thompson are all seeking the Democratic nomination in District 2 while Steve “Heavy” Duty is unopposed in the GOP primary.

In city races, Doug Spillman, current council member Joe Gray, Jerald “Slim” Hicks and Ron Fields all filed to run for the office of mayor of Flatwoods, which is being vacated after 25 years by Bobby Crager. In Flatwoods council races, Gray Tomblyn and Jim McKnight are vying for the Ward 1 seat; Lowell “J.R.” Gullett and Charlie Young are running in Ward 2; Ray Sloan and Jason Miller will face off in Ward 3; Richard E.Lewis and Samantha A. Salyers will compete in Ward 4; Carl Wheeler is unopposed in Ward 5 and Kenneth Botts and Kent Picklesimer are seeking the seat in Ward 6.

In Greenup, Mayor Lundie Meadows is being challenged by the woman he defeated four years ago, Donna Hewlett. City council candidates are incumbents Joe Mantz, Mark Harris, Marty Stephens, Jeff Hurn, David Abdon and David Black and challengers Dwaine “Boo” Williams, Brooks C. Jackson, Kathy Newberry and Henry Montgomery.

Russell Mayor Bill Hopkins is unopposed for re-election. City council candidates are Michael F. Schirtzinger, Clyde W. “Butch” Meadows, Roy Parsons, David M. Kersey, Don Fraley, Michael Whitt, Ron Simpson and Esther “Sissy” Shaffer.

In South Shore, incumbent Mayor Cheryl Moore is being challenged by Lou Bentley and Larry Wells. Seeking seats on the city commission are Marion E. Bennett, Mildred Bradley, Paul “Rick” Ramey, Kenneth Michael Ratliff, Ralph Sammons, Daniel Leport and Lance E. Warnock.

Lawrence County

Democratic incumbent Judge-Executive John Osborne will be challenged in the primary by Mike McKinney and Harold Slone. The winner will face Republican Rick May in November.

Incumbent Sheriff Garrett Roberts, a Democratic, has two primary challengers — Timothy Moore and Harm Russell Lemaster. Republican incumbent County Clerk Chris Jobe faces a primary challenge from James A. Perry.

Incumbent County Attorney Michael Hogan will square off with Democratic challenger Everett “Kenny” Preston in November. Incumbent Democratic Coroner Mike Wilson will be challenged by Republican Travis Hughes in the general election.

The race for the open jailer’s seat drew eight candidates — Democrats Billy D. Hall, George E. Williams, Jim Burchett, Herbie Parks and Jim Kelly and Republicans Roger Lee Jordan, Alfred “Butch” Smith and Lloyd Williams.

In magistrate races, only one incumbent — District 3’s Earl Boggs Jr., a Republican — is seeking re-election. Boggs is challenged in the primary by Tracy Moore and Jerry Lafe Sparks. Timothy J. Wheeler and John “Tony” Lester are seeking the Democratic nod.

District 1 magisterial candidates are Democrats Morris Howard, Charles D. Whitt, Mikel Compton, Paul Phelps and Charles “Nick” Robinette and Republican Terry D. Preece. Filing to run in District 2 were Democrats John J. Lemaster, Brian Blackburn and James Ball and Republicans David C. Daniels, Johnnie Dale King Jr. and Mark A. Hardin. District 4 candidates are Democrats Denver R. Chaffin Sr. and Colleen Stone and Republicans Rick Blackburn, Ray Calhoun, James Shannon and Blake Shannon Preece.

Candidates for constable in District 1 are Democrats Forest “Flip” Diamond and Paul D. Wells and Republican Larry D. Bellomy; District 2, Democrat James “J.D.” Dalton and Republican Jason W. Stepp; District 3, Republican Daniel Castle and Democrat Dennis Marcum; and District 4, Democrats Billy Lemaster, Eddie Marcum and Banner Castle.

Democratic incumbent PVA Chris Rose is unopposed for re-election.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.