More than 40 candidates file to run for Fayette council, at-large seats

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJanuary 28, 2014 

  • Who's running?

    The city will hold a primary election May 20 for races with more than two candidates. The top two will go on to the general election in November. The top six vote getters for Council at-large will go on to the general election, where three will be voted on to the council.

    Property Valuation Administrator

    David O'Neill (D)

    County Attorney

    Larry S. Roberts (D)

    County Clerk

    Don Blevins Jr. (D)


    Brian A. Potters (R)

    Kathy H. Witt (D)


    Gary Ginn (D)

    Larry Owens (R)

    County Judge/Executive

    Alayne White (D)

    William Matthew Housh (D)

    John S. Roberts (R)


    District 1

    Gary Carrigan (D)

    Wade McNabb (R)

    Jeff D. Jacob (D)

    Josh Mers (D)

    James Edward Stepetak (R)

    District 2

    Jim McKenzie (R)

    Kenneth Wayne Winburn (D)

    Scott Hall (R)

    District 3

    Steve Hamlin (R)

    Edward "Eddie" Sparks (D)


    District 1

    No one filed

    District 2

    Lisa Moore Fath (R)

    District 3

    Chrysanthia Carr-Seals

    County Commissioner

    District 1

    Robert "Bob" Pattie (R)

    District 2

    Doug Rigsby (D)

    District 3

    Rick Meadows (D)

    Natasha L. Murray (D)

    Urban County Mayor

    Anthany Beatty Sr.

    Jim Gray

    Danny Mayer

    Urban County Council At-Large

    Shannon Buzard

    Bill Cegelka

    Ray DeBolt

    Kenner "Pete" Dyer

    Steve Kay

    Connie Kell

    Jon Larson

    Chris Logan

    Richard Moloney

    Jerry C. Moody

    Don B. Pratt

    Jacob D. Slaughter

    Kevin O. Stinnett

    Urban County Council

    District 1

    Chris Ford

    District 2

    Shevawn Akers

    Byron Costner

    Michael Stuart

    District 3

    J. "Jake" Gibbs

    Chuck Ellinger II

    Rock Daniels

    District 4

    Julian Beard

    Susan Lamb

    Barry Saturday

    Owen J. Sutton

    District 5

    Bill Farmer Jr.

    District 6

    Thomas J. Hern

    Angela Evans

    Darren Hawkins

    Jon Bush

    District 7

    Michael Moynahan

    Jennifer Scutchfield

    Ismael Shalash

    District 8

    Amy Beasley

    Fred V. Brown

    LeTonia A. Jones

    Dave Vinson

    District 9

    Victoria Fath

    Jennifer Mossotti

    District 10

    Amanda Mays Bledsoe

    Harry Clarke

    District 11

    Peggy Henson

    District 12

    Ed Lane

More than 40 candidates have filed to run in 12 council district races and for three at-large seats on the Urban County Council.

The filing deadline for Urban County Council races was Tuesday.

Thirteen people filed to run in the at-large race, one of the largest field of candidates in recent years. The field includes two current council members — Steve Kay and Kevin Stinnett — and two former council members — Richard Moloney and Bill Cegelka. Also included in the mix are some familiar faces such as Don Pratt, a community activist who has run unsuccessfully for council multiple times, and Jon Larson, a lawyer who currently serves as the Fayette County judge executive.

The top six vote getters in the May primary move on to the November general election. The top vote getter in November becomes vice mayor. The second and third place winners are at-large members. At-large members serve four-year terms.

Six of the 12 council district races will have a May primary because three or more candidates filed in that district. Four incumbent council members will run unopposed: Chris Ford in the District 1; Bill Farmer Jr. in District 5; Peggy Henson in District 11; Ed Lane in the District 12.

Diane Lawless is the only incumbent council member who is not running for re-election. But Chuck Ellinger II, who can not seek another term as an at-large member because of term limits, has filed to run in District 3, which includes much of downtown and neighborhoods surrounding the University of Kentucky.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall.

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