Election candidates finalized
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 29, 2014 | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander (D) will have opposition in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, General Election.

Trigg County Clerk Dorris McGill said that on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 23, James Kilcoyne (R) filed to run for the office. He has no opposition in the Tuesday, May 20, Primary Election. The deadline to file to run in the Primary was 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Kilcoyne said Alexander is a good man, and that the race won’t be decided by who the better man is, but who has the better plan. While he wouldn’t go into much detail, Kilcoyne said his goal is to work more closely with Fort Campbell.

“I served 27 years in the Army, and now that I’m semi-retired, you can’t just flip the service switch off,” said Kilcoyne. “I think I’m ready to serve the county. I think that the next few years are going to be critical to Trigg County, as far as the Fiscal Court and judge executive are concerned; determining whether Trigg County thrives in the 21st Century or just gets by.”

Kilcoyne’s plan is to “grow the community” and create jobs, expand cell phone and broadband coverage, work with the volunteer fire departments, eradicate the mosquitoes and work on planning for the future.

Connie Allen (D) filed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 22, to run for Property Valuation Administrator. She will face off against her former boss, Mike Bryan, in the Primary Election. The winner will be opposed in the General Election by James A. Kyler, who filed as a Republican on Tuesday.

On Monday, Larry Bland (D) filed for Trigg County Jailer. Bland, a retired correctional officer, said, “The Lord touched my heart.” He will square off against current Trigg County Jailer James Hughes (D) in the Primary, but no Republicans have run for the office.

On Tuesday, incumbent coroner John Mark Vinson (D) filed with no opposition.

Also on Tuesday, two Magistrate seats received opposition. Scotty Hampton filed as a Democrat for Magistrate in District Two and will face incumbent Barry Littlejohn (R) in the General Election in November. Earl E. Carr filed as a Republican in District One and will face Democrat incumbent Mike Wright. Carr has served as Magistrate in District 7 in the past.

On Tuesday, Angela Lane submitted a Statement of Candidacy for Trigg County Clerk as an Independent. She will not appear on the Primary ballot but will appear on the General ballot with Donovan Washer (R) and whoever wins the Democratic Primary between Melissa L. Burgess and Carmen Finley.

And on Friday, Jan. 24, Keith Lancaster (D) filed to run for Trigg County Sheriff. He will have no opposition in the May 20 Primary Election. He will square off against either Matt Riddle or incumbent Ray Burnam in the Nov. 4 General Election.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, District One Constable Mark Carr (R) filed for another term, and on Friday, Jan. 24, District Three Constable George Colbert (R) also filed for another term. District Six Constable Dennis Whitten (D), also an incumbent, filed last year. They have no challengers, and no one filed to run as a constable for the other magisterial districts.

As of Thursday, there are approximately 240 more registered voters in Trigg County than there were for the November 2012 election, according to statistics from elect.ky.gov. The total number of registered voters was 10,946, up from the November 2012 total of 10,706.

However, the number of registered Democrats decreased and the numbers of registered Republicans and independents increased. The number of registered Democrats decreased from 6,561 to 6,509, while the number of registered Republicans increased from 3,511 to 3,743. The number of registered independents increased from 634 to 694. The deadline to change party affiliation was Dec. 31 of last year, McGill said.

A public drawing for ballot positions for any race that has opposition in the Primary will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the clerk’s office.

April 1 is the last day for independent political organization and political group candidates to file a statement of candidacy with the county clerk’s office. As races for City of Cadiz offices and School Board seats (Districts 1 and 3) are non-partisan, they will not appear on the Primary ballot. The filing deadline for them is Aug. 12.

According to the Kentucky Secretary of State website, the following is a list of filings for state offices:

• United States Senator: Mitch McConnell (R-incumbent), Matt Bevin (R), James Bradley Copas (R), Chris Payne (R), Burrel Charles Farnsley (D), Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), Gregory Brent Leichty (D) and Tom Recktenwald (D);

• United States Representative, 1st District: Ed Whitfield (R-incumbent), Wesley Seaton Bolin (D) and Charles Kendall Hatchett (D);

• State Representative: Kenny Imes (R-incumbent), 5th District; John Tilley (D-incumbent), 8th District;

• Justice of the Supreme Court, 1st District: Bill Cunningham (incumbent);

• 56th Circuit Judge: C.A. Woodall III (incumbent);

• District Judge: James R. Redd III, 56th District, 1st Division; Jill Clark, 56th District, 2nd Division;

• Judge of Court of Appeals: Christopher Shea Nickell, 1st District, 1st Division; Donna L. Dixon, 1st Distrtict, 2nd Division.

The last day to register to vote in the Primary Election is April 21.

Justin McGill, General Manager of The Cadiz Record, contributed to this report.
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