Politics & Government

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

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.

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