With the May 19 Primary Election less than two weeks away, there seems to be little talk locally about the five races, including who will lead the state for the next four years.
In addition to the vote for the Gubernatorial nominees voters will be able to select their candidate for the posts of Attorney General, State Treasurer, Secretary of State and Commissioner of Agriculture.
In the Governor’s race, four Republicans and two Democrats are contesting for their party’s backing going in to the fall. Governor Steve Beshear is concluding his second term in Frankfort and is constitutionally unable to run for a third.
Matt Bevin, James R. Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott are running on the Republican ticket, while Jack Conway and Geoffrey M. “Geoff” Young are contending for the Democrat nomination.
Other races on the ballot include State Treasurer where three Republicans and five Democrats are attempting to be on the ballot in November.
Kenneth Churchill Imes, Jon Larson and Allison Ball will be on the Republican ticket. Rick Nelson, Aeville Blakemore, Jim Glenn, Daniel B. Grossberg and Richard Henderson are Democrats.
Current State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is term limited and is unable to run for a third term.
Republicans will have the option to vote on two other state-wide offices: Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture.
Michael T. Hogan and Whitney H. Westerfield are running for Attorney General, a position currently held by Governor candidate Jack Conway.
For Commissioner of Agriculture, a post held by Governor candidate James Comer, Richard Heath and Ryan F. Quarles are contending to fill the seat.
Democrats will be able to choose the next Secretary of State with incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes facing opposition from challenger Charles Lovett.
McCreary County Clerk Eric Haynes is no longer able to release the number of voters who have applied for an absentee ballot, but did state he has heard very little local talk about the race.
“It has been quiet,” Haynes said. “There has not been a lot of talk.”
Haynes still encourages voters to show up to the polls on May 19.