“A lot of people have asked me to consider this, and I feel obligated to them to look at it,” Quinn said.
There are some officials who ran as write-in candidates in Kentucky, such as Union County Attorney Brucie Moore, as well as a couple of officials in McCracken County, said Quinn.
Les Fugate, deputy assistant secretary of state, said that this is both legal and common, and added that any write-in candidate must file at least 10 days before the general election. However, he continued, it is far from guaranteed for write-in candidates to win, especially after having lost a primary.
In the primary election held in on Tuesday, May 18, newcomer Randall Braboy, who had never sought political office before, got 1,492 votes to Quinn’s 1,322. Both are Democrats, and there are no Republicans running for this office. Quinn has been the county attorney since 1985 and has run unopposed during most of those elections.
Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas said in her roughly 20 years as the county clerk, she hasn’t before seen someone run as a write-in candidate after losing in the primary, although there have been write-in candidates in the county previously.
Thomas also noted that unless Quinn files to run as a write-in candidate, it won’t matter if someone does write his name on the ballot. Deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Friday, Oct. 22.