CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIONS HELD IN 2010 MAY BEGIN FILING FOR OFFICE ON NOV. 4, 2009

 

 (Frankfort, KY) – Thousands of Kentuckians are expected to file paper work with the Secretary of State and their local county clerks to seek political office during the 2010 election cycle.  Potential candidates seeking an office on the 2010 ballot may begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State and their county clerks on November 4, 2009. Candidates will either appear on the May 18, 2010 primary or November 2, 2010 general election ballots.

 “This election cycle should be exciting in Kentucky with so many important races on the ballot,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “Hopefully, many citizens will give serious consideration to becoming candidates for one of the many races on the ballot in 2010.”

 Republican and Democratic candidates have until January 26, 2010 to file for office.  Independent or political group candidates, excluding federal offices, must file a statement of intent by April 1, 2010.  All independent or political group candidates have until August 10, 2010 to file their petitions.  Each of the filing dates includes a 4:00 p.m. filing deadline.

  Candidates for offices that file with the Office of the Secretary of State may begin to file their papers as early as 8:00 a.m. EST.  Candidates for offices that file with the local county clerk should call their clerk’s office for more information about filing times.

 Offices that file with the Secretary of State that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2010 include:

 • United States Senator

• United States Representative

• State Senator (Even Districts)

• State Representative

• Justice of the Supreme Court, District 3

• District Judge

Offices that file with the local county clerk that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2010 include:

 • County Judge/Executive

• County Attorney

• County Clerk

• Property Valuation Administrator

• Sheriff

• Jailer

• County Commissioner

• Coroner

• Magistrate/Justice of the Peace

• Constable

• Surveyor

• Mayor

• City Legislative Body

• Board of Education (School Board)

• Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors

      In order to help candidates seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy.  This manual has been updated for this election cycle and provides Kentuckians with a quick guide to filing for political office.

 Although the publication focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates.  The manual contains an election schedule, sample filing forms of various types, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.

 There will also be additional races this year to fill unexpired terms.  Currently, the following offices that file with the Secretary of State will appear on the ballot in order to fill unexpired terms:

 Circuit Judge-2nd Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (County:  McCracken) 

            Vacancy created by resignation of R. Jeffrey Hines

 Circuit Judge-11th Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Green, Marion, Taylor & Washington)         Vacancy created by resignation of Doughlas M. George

 Circuit Judge-“Family Court”, 17th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division (County:  Campbell)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Michael “Mickey” Foellger

 Circuit Judge-18th Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton & Robertson)             Vacancy created by resignation of Robert W. McGinnis

 Circuit Judge-21st Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (Counties:  Bath, Menifee, Montgomery & Rowan)         Vacancy created by resignation of William B. Mains

 Circuit Judge-“Family Court” 25th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division

            Vacancy created by 2008 General Election

 Circuit Judge-30th Judicial Circuit, 6th Division (County:  Jefferson) 

            Vacancy created by resignation of Martin “Marty” McDonald

 Circuit Judge-30th Judicial Circuit, 11th Division   (County:  Jefferson)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Geoffrey “Jeff” Morris

Circuit Judge-31st Judicial Circuit, 1st Division (County:  Floyd)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Danny P. Caudill

 Circuit Judge-32nd Judicial Circuit, 1st Division     (County:  Boyd)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Marc I. Rosen

 Circuit Judge-“Family Court” 37th Judicial Circuit, 2nd Division (Counties:  Carter, Elliott & Morgan)                        Vacancy created by resignation of Kristi Gossett

 Circuit Judge-44th Judicial Circuit  (County:  Bell)

            Vacancy created by resignation of James L. Bowling, Jr.

 Circuit Judge-45th Judicial Circuit (Counties:  McLean & Muhlenberg)

            Vacancy created by resignation of David H. Jernigan

 Circuit Judge-“Family Court”, 48th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division  (County:  Franklin)

            Vacancy created by resignation of Reed Rhorer

 Commonwealth Attorney-18th Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton & Robertson)             Vacancies created by death of Doug Wright

 Commonwealth Attorney-42nd Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Calloway & Marshall)

Vacancy created by resignation of Michael Ward

 Commonwealth Attorney-46th Judicial Circuit (Counties:  Breckinridge, Grayson & Meade)

Vacancy created by resignation of Kenton R. Smith

 “Our office has already received hundreds of phone calls concerning the elections in 2010, outpacing our call volume in 2006 when we had a record number of races on the ballot,” remarked Secretary Grayson.  “If this kind of interest continues, it is possible that we may see a record number of candidates on the primary ballot in 2010.”

For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, or to view a list of candidates, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.

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