Secretary of State
Candidate Filing Deadline is January 31, 2012

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 25, 2012  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Phone: 502-330-9839

Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot for the May primary election must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

Candidates for the following public offices must file with the Secretary of State’s office:

• U.S. President
• U.S. Senators
• U.S. Representatives
• State Senators in odd-numbered districts
• State Representatives
• Kentucky Supreme Court Justice in district 7
• Commonwealth’s attorneys for jurisdictions that include more than one county

In addition, candidates for the unexpired terms for Court of Appeals judge for the 4th appellate district, 1st division, and district judge for the 31st judicial district, 1st division, must file by January 31.

“More than 170 candidates have already filed,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, “and we anticipate more will file leading up to the deadline.” Secretary Grimes recommends candidates file in advance of the deadline in case documents are not acceptable; there currently is no opportunity to correct or re-file paperwork after 4 p.m. on January 31.

Candidates may access the filing forms required to run for these offices on the Secretary of State’s website, at