Secretary of State
Thousands of Kentuckians Expected to File For Office in 2010, Candidate Filing Period to Begin on Nov. 4th

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803
Les.Fugate@ky.gov
 


(Frankfort, KY) – Thousands of Kentuckians are expected to file paper work with the Secretary of State and their local county clerks to seek political office during the 2010 election cycle.  Potential candidates seeking an office on the 2010 ballot may begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State and their county clerks on November 4, 2009. Candidates will either appear on the May 18, 2010 primary or November 2, 2010 general election ballots.

 

“This election cycle should be exciting in Kentucky with so many important races on the ballot,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “Hopefully, many citizens will give serious consideration to becoming candidates for one of the many races on the ballot in 2010.”

 

Republican and Democratic candidates have until January 26, 2010 to file for office.  Independent or political group candidates, excluding federal offices, must file a statement of intent by April 1, 2010.  All independent or political group candidates have until August 10, 2010 to file their petitions.  Each of the filing dates includes a 4:00 p.m. filing deadline.

 

 Candidates for offices that file with the Office of the Secretary of State may begin to file their papers as early as 8:00 a.m. EST.  Candidates for offices that file with the local county clerk should call their clerk’s office for more information about filing times.

 

Offices that file with the Secretary of State that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2010 include:

 


United States Senator

United States Representative

State Senator (Even Districts)

State Representative

Justice of the Supreme Court, District 3

District Judge



Offices that file with the local county clerk that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2010 include:

 


County Judge/Executive

County Attorney

County Clerk

Property Valuation Administrator

Sheriff

Jailer

County Commissioner

Coroner

Magistrate/Justice of the Peace

Constable

Surveyor

Mayor

City Legislative Body

Board of Education (School Board)

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors


       

   In order to help candidates seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy.  This manual has been updated for this election cycle and provides Kentuckians with a quick guide to filing for political office.

 

Although the publication focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates.  The manual contains an election schedule, sample filing forms of various types, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.

 

There will also be additional races this year to fill unexpired terms.  Currently, the following offices that file with the Secretary of State will appear on the ballot in order to fill unexpired terms:

 

Circuit Judge-2nd Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (County:  McCracken)

            Vacancy created by resignation of R. Jeffrey Hines

 

Circuit Judge-11th Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Green, Marion, Taylor & Washington)           Vacancy created by resignation of Doughlas M. George

 

Circuit Judge-“Family Court”, 17th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division (County:  Campbell)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Michael “Mickey” Foellger

 

Circuit Judge-18th Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton & Robertson)             Vacancy created by resignation of Robert W. McGinnis

 

Circuit Judge-21st Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Bath, Menifee, Montgomery & Rowan)           Vacancy created by resignation of William B. Mains

 

Circuit Judge-“Family Court” 25th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division

            Vacancy created by 2008 General Election

 

Circuit Judge-30th Judicial Circuit, 6th Division (County:  Jefferson)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Martin “Marty” McDonald

 

 Circuit Judge-30th Judicial Circuit, 11th Division     (County:  Jefferson)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Geoffrey “Jeff” Morris

 

Circuit Judge-31st Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (County:  Floyd)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Danny P. Caudill

 

Circuit Judge-32nd Judicial Circuit, 1st Division       (County:  Boyd)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Marc I. Rosen

 

Circuit Judge-“Family Court” 37th Judicial Circuit, 2nd Division (Counties:  Carter, Elliott & Morgan)              Vacancy created by resignation of Kristi Gossett

 

Circuit Judge-44th Judicial Circuit    (County:  Bell)

            Vacancy created by resignation of James L. Bowling, Jr.

 

Circuit Judge-45th Judicial Circuit    (Counties:  McLean & Muhlenberg)

            Vacancy created by resignation of David H. Jernigan

 

Circuit Judge-“Family Court”, 48th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division  (County:  Franklin)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Reed Rhorer

 

Commonwealth Attorney-18th Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton & Robertson)   Vacancies created by death of Doug Wright

 

Commonwealth Attorney-42nd Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Calloway & Marshall)

Vacancy created by resignation of Michael Ward

 

Commonwealth Attorney-46th Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Breckinridge, Grayson & Meade)

Vacancy created by resignation of Kenton R. Smith

 

“Our office has already received hundreds of phone calls concerning the elections in 2010, outpacing our call volume in 2006 when we had a record number of races on the ballot,” remarked Secretary Grayson.  “If this kind of interest continues, it is possible that we may see a record number of candidates on the primary ballot in 2010.”

 

For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, or to view a list of candidates, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.

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