Only voters who have registered as Democrats or Republicans will be allowed to cast ballots in the primary elections, according to Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas. “These are closed primary elections to see which of the party’s candidates will be on the ballot in November,” Thomas explained.
Currently there are a total of 9,276 voters who will be eligible to vote in the May primary. Of that number, 6,557 will be voting democratic and 2,406 will be voting republican. The remainder, 413, listed their party preference as “other” and will not be allowed to vote until November.
With the candidate registration just under a week away, 26 candidates have already filed their intentions to seek office ranging from County Judge Executive to Jailer.
Candidates wishing to seek office will have until 4 p.m. next Tuesday to file the proper paperwork with the county clerk.
Currently, Hollis Alexander and Marc Terrell will be seeking a place on the November ballot for the democrats while Stan Humphries is currently unopposed on the republican ticket. Incumbent Judge Executive Berlin Moore has said he will not seek re-election to the post.
Incumbents Michael T. Bryan (Property Valuation Administration), Glenn Cunningham (Jailer), Wanda Thomas (County Clerk), Randy Clark (Sheriff), Pam Perry (Circuit Clerk), and H. B. Quinn (County Attorney) are all unopposed as of late yesterday.
Seats that have drawn the most interest at the county level are those held by Magistrates.
In District 1, incumbent Kevin Stroud (D) will face opposition from Doug Taylor in the primary with the winner facing either republican Stacy Futrell or Tommy Dunn in November.
Tony Mitchell (D) will be facing either republican Ray Wyatt or Barry Littlejohn in November for the District 2 seat now held by Mitchell.
The District 3 seat finds three democrats, Bruce Sanders, Edward “Buddy” Gish and Lacy Bush in a face off for the democratic nomination. To date, there are no republicans who have filed for the position.
Ernest Lawrence, R, is the only candidate for the District 4 seat
In District 5, incumbent Kelly P’Poole is unopposed on the democratic ticket and will face republican Jim Freels in November.
In District 6 and 7, democratic incumbents Larry Lawrence and Donnie Tyler are – so far – unopposed in their bid for reelection.
(Note: the list of candidate may change depending on who may file prior to the deadline next Tuesday.)