The official start of the 2014 election season got underway Wednesday, as candidates had their first opportunity to set aside rumors and file to run for office.
Next year’s elections are expected to be a crowded affair, with nearly all county races on the ballot. The only county officers who will not be up for re-election are Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner and Circuit Clerk Douglas Ray Hall.
But despite the expected onslaught of filings, the first two days of registration season were relatively quiet, with only 16 candidates filing papers.
Three races — sheriff and magistrate races in Districts 1 and 2 — are already fairly active, however, with each already drawing three candidates.
Candidates have until Jan. 28 to file their paperwork.
Those filing to run as of 3 p.m., Thursday, include:
Bennie M. Lafferty, of Banner
James “Brandon” Spencer, of Prestonsburg
Darren Lawson, of Prestonsburg
Steve Little, of Prestonsburg
Joey Collins, of Garrett
Dale Johnson, of Prestonsburg
Greg Nelson, of Dwale
MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 1, DEMOCRAT
“Big John” John A. Goble, of Prestonsburg
Gerald DeRossett, of Prestonsburg
David A. Gearheart, of Prestonsburg
MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 2, DEMOCRAT
Hattie Owens, of Hueysville
Randy Davis, of David
John P. Sammons, of Prestonsburg
MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 3, DEMOCRAT
Warren Jarrell, of Printer
MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 4, DEMOCRAT
Ronnie Akers, of Harold
Jerry Fannin, of Prestonsburg