Local races dominate ballots in Bourbon, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison and Scott counties

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMay 11, 2014 

Races for various city and county offices dominate the May 20 ballots in the counties adjacent to Fayette County and in Franklin County. Here's a look at some of the races on those ballots

Bourbon County

Nine people are running in the nonpartisan primary for Paris City Commission. They include incumbents Wallis Brooks, Tim Gray, Stan Galbraith and Jo Ann George. The challengers are Dwayne Duncan, Dolly Mitchell, Matt Perraut, Tony Horn and Steven P. Pearce. The top eight vote-getters will be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election.

Franklin County

Ted Collins is not running for re-election as county judge-executive. Four people are seeking the Democratic nomination; there are no Republicans on the ballot. The Democrats are fiscal court magistrates James D. Comer and Huston Wells, plus Jim Anderson Stivers and George "Chris" Quire. Whoever wins the primary will be the next judge-executive.

Jessamine County

Three people are running for Nicholasville mayor. They are former mayor John Martin, city commissioner Pete Sutherland and Burt Ladd, a member of the Nicholasville Planning Commission for seven years. The top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Ten candidates are running for positions on the Nicholasville City Commission. They are incumbents Betty Black, Doug Blackford and Andy Williams, plus Kenny Hall, Patty Grose Teater, Wallace Stinnett, Peter Brackney, George Burton, Donna Pile and Bob O'Connell. The top eight vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Madison County

Five candidates are in the Republican primary for county judge-executive. They are fiscal court magistrates Billy Ray Hughes and Greg King, plus Duane Curry, Reagan Taylor and Jonathan "J.T." Thompson.

The winner in the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the November election. The two Democrats on the ballot are incumbent Kent Clark and Wayne Renfro.

In the nonpartisan race for Richmond City Commission, the candidates are incumbents Donna Baird, Jim Newby and Robert R. Blythe, plus John E. Young, William H. Strong, Mike Brewer, William Mulhern, Kevin Gorman, Bonnie Cable, Bobby Johns, Jason Morgan and Richard M. Thomas. The top eight vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Scott County

Four people are running in the Republican primary for county judge-executive: fiscal court magistrates Louis Stewart Hughes and William K. "Bill" Parker, plus Mark Singer and Mike Bradley. The winner will face Democratic incumbent George Lusby in November.

Three candidates are running in the nonpartisan primary for Georgetown mayor: incumbent Everette Varney, former mayor Tom Prather and David Lynn Davila. The top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

In the primary for Georgetown City Council, 24 people have filed for eight seats. (Twenty-five candidates filed in 2006.)

Incumbents seeking re-election are Karen Tingle Sames, Brad Penn, Connie K. Tackett, Marvin Thompson, Mark C. Showalter and David J. Lusby. Others running are Pat Foley, Jeanne Biddle, Polly Singer Eardley, Marlene Rankin-Rutherford, Charles Bradley, Joel Dula, Paul A. Buto, Jason Obermeier, Millie Butcher Conway, James "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Paul J. Kleinhenz, Bruce Owens, Anthony Davis, Stephen L. Stubbs, Sean Sampson, Karen Mitchell LaBach, Stephen Price and Jesse L. Jones. The top 16 vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Judicial races

Races for judicial posts are nonpartisan.

Voters in Jessamine and Garrard counties have four candidates running for family court judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit, Second Division. They are Mike A. Hamilton, Jackie Horn, Mark T. Miller and Jeff Moss. The top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Voters in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties have three candidates in the race for district judge in the 14th Judicial District, Second Division. They are Chad Wells, Stephanie Litteral and incumbent Vanessa Dickson. The top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Voters in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford also have three candidates in the race for family court judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit, Third Division: incumbent Tamra Gormley, Lisa Hart Morgan and Dorothy Jo Mastin. The top two vote-getters will be on the November ballot.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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