The first day anyone could file to run for office in Kentucky’s 2014 elections yielded, in Barren County alone, a candidate for judge-executive, two for sheriff, one candidate for each of two magisterial districts and one for family court judge.
Within the first minute after the doors of the Barren County clerk’s office opened Wednesday morning, Gary Gillon was at the counter to file for re-election to his District 5 magisterial district and became the first official candidate to file at the clerk’s office.
Before he was finished, two more were waiting.
Gillon, 67, a Democrat, had not picked up his paperwork ahead of time to file for re-election to his seat, so he brought with him two voters from his district to sign with him – his wife, Betty Gillon, and his brother, Rudy Gillon – and managed to round up a notary public to sign the document as well.
Each candidate has to have two persons sign the document certifying they know the candidate and live in the area he or she would be representing, e.g. within the city limits for the mayoral race; within the boundary of the entire county for countywide races like judge-executive, sheriff and jailer; and within the district for magistrates. Those individuals must be registered voters and of the same political party as the candidate, except in nonpartisan races like those for judgeships and city government seats.
Candidates are encouraged to pick up their filing papers ahead of time and have them signed and notarized before bringing them to the clerk’s office because no notaries are available there.
Next in line was John Dickinson “Dickie” Barrick, 67, of Cedar Grove Road, who said he has never run for public office. He is vying for the District 2 magisterial seat currently occupied by Rickey Spillman.
“I just decided to go,” he said. “I didn’t have anything to do.”
His wife, Marilyn Barrick, said, “He’s retired and he wanted to serve the people in the district as a magistrate.”
She added that he had been an electrician and a truck driver.
Dickie Barrick is a Democrat.
Sheriff Kent Keen, a 46-year-old Democrat, retired from the Glasgow Police Department after 20 years. As a deputy with the Barren County Sheriff’s Office for more than a year, he was working in the role of school resource officer when he was appointed Aug. 5 to fill the unfinished term of Chris Eaton. Keen announced at a press conference Oct. 4 that he would seek election to the office.
Later in the day, Brian Scott Taylor, 48, of Kino Road filed to run as a Democratic candidate for judge-executive, and Charles Massey Jr. of Nobob Road, a 52-year-old Republican, turned in his paperwork to run as sheriff.
Taylor said in a phone interview that he began to consider running about two years ago.
“I started talking to a few people and they told me they would support me,” he said. “I think younger people need to get involved with government if they want to have a voice in it.”
Taylor said he is a working class individual who owns a beef cattle operation and hauls milk from dairy farms to processing facilities to supplement his income.
“I just feel we haven’t been represented well enough,” he said. “People need options and opportunities when they vote, and I’m another option. The working class people will have someone who will listen to them and carry out their wishes.”
Massey said he is a fourth-generation enforcement officer with 27 years experience, with more than 20 of that at a department with approximately 1,900 officers in Baltimore, Md., and most recently Tompkinsville Police Department, where there are nine.
He moved to the commonwealth with his wife and children in 2006 and was certified as a Kentucky peace officer in an accelerated course at Eastern Kentucky University that year, he said in a phone interview.
He decided to run after “a lot of people asked,” he said.
“I’m a firm believer in proactive policing and community involvement,” Massey said. “Your community is either your biggest asset or your biggest detractor. … A lot of people look at law enforcement here with a jaded eye, and I hope to change that.”
The 2014 election in Kentucky includes races for all of the following offices: Cities’ mayors and legislative bodies (city councils and commissions); all county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, magistrates, county clerk, county attorney, coroner, county surveyor, property valuation administrator and constables.
Also up for grabs in 2014 are seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; Kentucky House of Representatives; Kentucky Senate, but only for even-numbered districts; justices of the Kentucky Supreme Court for Districts 1, 2, 4 and 6; and judges for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Barren and Metcalfe counties are in the 9th state senatorial district, so the seat held by Sen. David Givens seat is not up for election in 2014, but Monroe County is in the 16th district, so that state seat – currently occupied by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory – will be on the ballot.
Barren County is in the Kentucky Supreme Court 2nd District, which will be electing a justice in 2014, but Monroe and Metcalfe counties are in the 3rd District, so those counties will not have a race for that seat.
Local school boards will also have some slots open, but not until the general election next November, so those candidates will not even begin their filing for office until August.
Candidates for statewide offices, state and federal legislative offices and judge positions file in Frankfort at the Kentucky secretary of state’s office.
Mitchell Nance filed for re-election as Barren Circuit Court Family Court judge. As of close of business Tuesday, he was the only candidate filing in Frankfort that would be on ballots in Barren, Metcalfe or Monroe counties.
Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file, but County Clerk Joanne London advises strongly against waiting until the last day and especially the last hour, because there have been several instances where the candidate didn’t have everything in order and could not file in time.
Rep. Bart Rowland, of Tompkinsville, who represents Monroe, Metcalfe, Hart and a portion of Hardin counties, has announced he intends to seek re-election as a state representative and will represent the district now identified as the 21st Kentucky House of Representatives district. Rowland has yet to officially file for office.
Other candidates who have filed their paperwork to seek election to public office in Metcalfe and Monroe counties are as follows:
• Carol E. Chaney — D, county clerk (I)
• Greg Wilson — D, judge-executive (I)
• Roger D. Barlow — R, sheriff (I)
• Robert L. Wiltfong — R, constable, fourth district
• Joe Curtis — R, magistrate, fourth district
• Roger “Junior” Deckard — R, magistrate, second district (I)
• Ricky J. Bartley — R, magistrate, third district (I)
• Billy J. Pickerell — R, constable, fifth district
• Leroy Smith — R, magistrate, fifth district
• Elmer Doyle Fox — R, jailer (I)
• Dale Ford — R, sheriff
• Tommy Willett — R, judge-executive (I)
• Jerry Clay Humes — R, constable, fifth district
• Wes Stephens — R, county attorney (I)
• Mitchell Page — R, magistrate, fifth district (I)
• Teresa McMillin Sheffield — R, county clerk (I)
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