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More write-ins enter races

Skinner hopes 2nd time is the charm

By Greg Bird

As of Wednesday morning a total of four write-in candidates have registered to run for office in November.
Former two-term McCreary County Sheriff Gus Skinner is hoping for a repeat of 2006 as he officially entered the race Friday as a write-in candidate for the office he held for eight years.
Skinner is the second write-in hopeful for Sheriff as James Tapley has also registered for the office this past week.
Also filing as a write-in was Freddie Clark, who is running for re-election as District 2 Constable. Clark, who appeared on the ballot in May as a candidate for Sheriff, will have a tougher road to travel seeking another term of office as a write-in. Clark will face off against Primary winners Brad Waters and Steven Cox.
Last week Donnie Smith registered as a write-in candidate for Constable in District 1.
As of today there are a total of four write-in candidates registered for the November election. Their names will not appear on the ballot, and must instead have voters write in their names if they hope to succeed in gaining office.
Skinner said he decided to run again after the Primary Election apparently left some voters disappointed with their choices in the fall.
“I felt there were qualified candidates running in May,” he said. “After the election there was an overwhelming request from the public asking me to run. After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to do just that.”

Skinner said his top priority will be to work on the drug problem in McCreary County and he will have a “limited, but experienced staff.” He stated his plans would be to have trained deputies patrolling the roads and keep a few untrained officers for special detail work.
Since leaving office Skinner has worked with the United States Marshals Service at the Federal Courthouse in London, and said he would use his connections with other law enforcement agencies to enhance his office.
“I will work side-by-side with other local, state and federal agencies,” he said. “Over the years I have developed a trust with those agencies. The safety of our youth and elderly has been one of my main concerns.”
Tapley, a certified rescue diver, said he is running for office because he feels current law enforcement isn’t performing their jobs and wants more trained officers on the streets.
“My plan is to put more deputies through the academy training and have them patrol the county,” he said. “My plan is to have a deputy in every community in the county.”

Tapley, who has been married for 50 years, is running his second campaign for office. In 2006 he ran as a Democrat against Kenneth Stepp for the Primary nomination to challenge Hal Rogers.
Clark was first elected to the District 2 Constable post in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. This past May Clark entered in to the Sheriff’s race as a Republican during the Primary election, pulling a respectable 642 votes, but finishing fourth behind nominee Milford Creekmore.

State law now prevents a candidate for registering for two races, so Clark will have to try to keep his position as constable via the write-in.
Potential write-in candidates have until Friday, October 26th to register with County Clerk Eric Haynes or the Secretary of State to be eligible to be considered as an official candidate.

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