Two file to run against Whittaker for Sheriff

OJ Stapleton Editor

December 26, 2013

After nearly a month with no new candidate filings, there were two this week that will now mean a primary election for sheriff will be held.

Both Steve Hadden and Robert Kimmel filed their paperwork to run for sheriff on Monday with the Logan County Clerk’s office. They will be running against incumbent Wallace Whittaker in the May primary as all three are registered as Democrats. No Republicans have filed for office and unless that happens, there will be no general election in November and the May primary will decide the next sheriff for Logan County.

There will need to be a primary election and a general election to fill the position of Logan County Jailer next year.

Current jailer Bill Jenkins announced in November that he would not be seeking reelection. And soon after the time for candidates to file their paperwork began on Nov. 6, Democrat Wendell Jackson and Republican Phil Gregory puts their names in the hat to become Jenkins’ successor. Then a third candidate filed his paperwork - Democrat Edward W. Hardin. That means a primary election will be held in May for the Democratic nomination between Hardin and Jackson. The winner will face off against Gregory in November’s general election - unless another Republican candidate comes forward.

There is already a crowded field for the county’s six magistrate districts.

Jo Orange became the last of Logan County’s six sitting magistrates to file for reelection early last week. At the time she turned in her paperwork, she was unopposed. But on Thursday, Auburn businessman Phillip Joe Bilyeu, a Democrat, registered to run against Orange in District 5.

The other five magistrate districts will also have contested races.

District 1 will also be decided in November as Dickie Carter, now a Republican, will be facing off once again with Russell Poore. Poore defeated Carter narrowly in 2010 in the Democratic primary and again handily in November when Carter ran as a Republican write-in candidate.

As the other races stand right now, all the other magistrate races will be decided in the May primary election as everyone is registered as a Democrat.

And the races in District 3 and District 4 got even more crowded as a third candidate entered each of those races last week.

Bobby G. Moore filed his paperwork on last month and will be running against both incumbent Barry Joe Wright and Gary Sears. And Democrat Dale Givens filed last Friday to run against District 4 magistrate Drexel Johnson and by Mike Kirby.

The other two races will see District 2 magistrate Jack Crossley being challenged by Wayne Stratton and District 6 magistrate Thomas Bouldin being challenged by Clay Bilyeu.

Other county incumbents who have filed include coroner Mary Givens and PVA Ben Brown. They join the list of Judge Executive Logan Chick, County Attorney Joe Ross and County Clerk Scottie Harper of current county officials who are unopposed at the moment.

Also coming up for reelection will be State Representative Martha Jane King, who has now filed her paperwork with the state and will be seeking another term of office in District 16. Since her position as state rep encompasses more than just Logan County, anyone wishing to file to run for that office must do so through the state Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort.

That is also the case for the District Judge’s and the Circuit Judge’s seats. District Judge Sue Carol Browning, has announced that she will not run for reelection in 2014.

There have been two filings for District Judge as Elkton attorney Jason Petrie has put in his paperwork for that race as has Assistant Logan County Attorney Ken Williams, who ran against Browning during the last election and lost in a close contest.

Also, Circuit Judge Tyler Gill has also filed to run for reelection once again. He does not have an opponent at this time.