New write in for Magistrate
By Greg Bird
A case of possible mistaken identity in the ballot box led to a new name emerging as a write-in candidate for the November 12 General Election.
Bobby W. Strunk has filed his intent to run for the District 3 Magistrate post in the November election.
The move could cause some confusion at the polls in the District this fall as there is another Bobby Strunk whose name will appear on the ballot. Republican Bobby Strunk won the May Primary Election and will have Democrat David Price and independent Johnny Corder appearing on the ballot against him. The write-in Stunk will not appear on the ballot.
Bobby W. Strunk said he decided to run following the May Primary after hearing from many people they thought he was the candidate running for election.
“I had several people congratulate me for winning, and many told me they voted for me,” he said. “I put some thought in to it and decided I wanted to give the voters in District 3 the opportunity to vote for the Bobby Strunk they thought they were voting for.”
“I want to be a voice for the people,” he added. “I promise to listen to the citizens and represent them to the best of my ability.”
Strunk, who had previously worked in the PVA’s office under Michael Stephens, is a life-long resident of McCreary County and has worked his whole life, including owning his own business.
The McCreary County Board of Elections met to discuss the latest write-in, among other routine matters at their regular meeting Tuesday. Clerk Eric Haynes stated the election will proceed as normal, but wanted to reinforce to the voters that a write-in vote will only be counted toward the candidate if the voter indicates their desire to write in a candidate in the proper space on ballot and writes the name of candidate in the space provided.
Strunk joins four other write-in candidates: Donnie Smith, Constable District 1, Freddie Clark, Constable District 2, Gus Skinner and James Tapley, Sheriff.
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.