With less than a week left for prospective candidates to officially file for inclusion on the General Election ballot this fall, local candidates have not been rushing to do so as of yet, but that may change in the final days before the deadline.
As of Wednesday morning only three candidates have filed their intention to run in two local races this fall in the General Election on November 8, and the deadline to do so is fast approaching.
To be considered on the ballot for the only local races to be contested this fall, all prospective candidates must file with the County Clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday August 9.
County Clerk Eric Haynes said his office has fielded several inquiries about the posts, but only three candidates have turned in the required paperwork so far.
In the three races for seats on the McCreary County Board of Education only two candidates have filed so far: one incumbent and one challenger.
Kevin A. Taylor filed his intention to run for the District 5 Board of Education Seat last month, and would be challenging incumbent Debbie Gibson for the position.
While Gibson has yet to file, she did indicate to the Voice that she did intend to run for re-election.
Nelda Gilreath, two-term incumbent from District 1, officially turned in her paperwork Tuesday for re-election to her seat. As of Wednesday morning no one else has filed to challenge her.
In District 3 no one entered as of yet.
Incumbent Roxanne Shook is completing her first full term after winning the 2012 election, and being appointed to the seat in 2011, but has yet to file for re-election and did not respond to a previous inquiry if she intended to do so.
One member of the McCreary County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor has filed for a second term: Anthony Trammell of Pine Knot.
Trammell, along with Bradley Coffey Jr., Peg Taylor and Coby Stephens were elected to the Board in 2012. The other three potential candidates have yet to file, and no challengers have entered the race either.
On Election Day the most attention will certainly be focused on the race for President.
Republican nominee Donald Trump will face off against the Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump won the Kentucky Republican Caucus earlier this spring, besting his leading opponent Ted Cruz by about 9,000 votes, but pulled 54 percent of all McCreary County votes in the Caucus.
Clinton edged Bernie Sanders by less than 2,000 votes in Kentucky’s May Primary Election, but Sanders won the McCreary County vote by almost 10 percent.
Other races contested this November will be U.S. Senator Rand Paul fighting against Democrat challenger Jim Grey, the Mayor of Lexington.
Two third-party candidates are also expected to be on the ballot, but are not yet officially included.
Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein are expected to be included on the Kentucky ballot for the election.
Four write-in candidates have also filed, but will not be on the ballot: Cherunda Fox from Michigan, Denny Carroll Jackson from Kentucky, Jerry White from Michigan and Daniel Paul Zutler from Florida.
U.S. Representative Hal Rogers easily won his May Primary against his challenger, and faces no opposition from the Democrats in the fall.
Similarly, Kentucky Representative Ken Upchurch was unopposed in the spring, and is again without a challenge in the fall election.
The last day to register to vote in the November 8 General Election will be Tuesday, October 11, and the final day for any write-in candidate to file will be on October 28.