GLASGOW – The filing deadline for candidates for 2020 elections for which there could be a primary race was at 4 p.m. Friday, with 17 people running for a downsized Glasgow Common Council and multiple competitors seeking state and federal offices, such as the U.S. Senate.
The cutoff date for filing was significantly earlier this year due to legislation that was approved in 2019; it now falls on the first Friday following the first Monday in January instead of on the fourth Tuesday.
This year's ballots will contain regular elections for U.S. president, one of Kentucky's two U.S. Senate seats, all U.S. and Kentucky House of Representatives seats, Kentucky Senate seats for odd-numbered districts, some local school board seats, the Kentucky Supreme Court's seat for Judicial District 7 in eastern Kentucky, some mayors (but none in Barren County), and city legislative bodies, i.e. councils and commissions.
Glasgow's council will only have nine seats instead of 12. For such nonpartisan races, when one more than double the number of seats – 19 for the new council – files, a primary is necessary to trim the number, so that won't be the case this year. Those who filed are incumbents Marna Kirkpatrick, Chasity Lowery, Terry Bunnell, Freddie Norris, James “Happy” Neal, Patrick Gaunce, Sheri Eubank, Wendell Honeycutt, Marlin Witcher and Joe Trigg. The individuals challenging them and each other are Keith “Rolaid” Rowlett, Robert Oliver, Josh “Red” Fields, Chad Wiley, MacLean Lessenberry, Angela Briggs and Brandi Honeycutt.
The deadline for council and commission candidates for places like Cave City and Park City that never have a primary for their legislative bodies, regardless of the number running, and for school board candidates is June 2. It had previously fallen in August.
Two special constable elections will be on the Barren County ballot in 2020 as well. In District 4, the person who won the previous election, Gary Allen Thomas, moved out of the district and had to resign, said Barren County Clerk Helena Chase Birdwell. Democrat Russ Mosier was appointed to fill the position until a special election could take place, she said. He and fellow Democrat Charles Shaw had both been candidates in the 2018 election and a primary race between them will decide who finishes the Thomas term after the election.
In District 7, the incumbent Constable George “Buddy” Houchens ran uncontested in 2018, but is now deceased, so this election would be for filling his unexpired four-year term, but no one filed to run for it.
As of Friday afternoon, those who have filed to run for state or federal offices in Kentucky, which has to be done through the state secretary of state's office in Frankfort, include:
• U.S. president: Republican incumbent Donald J. Trump will face a Democratic nominee from the following pool: Michael Bennet of Denver, Colorado; Joseph R. Biden of Wilmington, Delaware; Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, New York; Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey; Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; Tulsi Gabbard of Kailua, Hawaii; Amy Klobuchar of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Deval Patrick of Richmond, Massachusetts; Bernie Sanders of Burlington, Vermont; Tom Steyer of San Francisco, California; Elizabeth Warren of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Andrew Yang of New York City.
• U.S. senator: Democrats Jimmy C. Ausbrooks of Franklin, Charles Booker of Louisville, Mike Broihier of Stanford, Maggie Jo Hilliard of Louisville, Andrew J. Maynard of Georgetown, Amy McGrath of Lexington, Eric Rothmuller of Louisville, John R. Sharpensteen of Bonnieville, Bennie J. Smith of Louisville and Mary Ann Tobin of Guston; and Republicans Nicholas Alsager of Campbellsville, Wendell K. Crow of Coxs Creek, Paul John Frangedakis of Lexington, Louis Grider of Elizabethtown, Naren James of Stanford, Kenneth Lowndes of Wilder, Mitch McConnell of Louisville and C. Wesley Morgan of Richmond.
• U.S. representative, 1st Congressional District: Democrat James Rhodes of Kevil and incumbent Republican James R. Comer of Tompkinsville.
• U.S. representative, 2nd Congressional District: Democrat Hank Linderman of Falls of Rough, and Republicans Kathleen L. Free of Brandenburg and incumbent S. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green.
• Ky. senator, 9th Senate District: Democrat Brian Pedigo of Glasgow and incumbent Republican David P. Givens of Greensburg.
• Ky. representative, 21st House District (includes Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties): Democrat John W. Pennington of Horse Cave and incumbent Republican Bart Rowland of Tompkinsville.
• Ky. representative, 23rd House District (Barren County and one precinct in Warren County): Democrat Steve Jones of Glasgow and incumbent Republican 23rd District Rep. Steve Riley of Glasgow.