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Last Minute Withdrawal, Filing for Countywide Office Sparks Excitement

hopkinscoclerkDevra Steckler (left) and Keenan Ratliff (right)HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/28/14) ― With just 10 minutes left on the clock to file for the May Primary Election for a Hopkins County office, a longtime countywide officer holder withdrew from the race, and another candidate filed for it four minutes later.

Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Devra Steckler, a Democrat, withdrew her candidacy at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 just 10 minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline. Her assistant, Democrat Keenan Ratliff, filed for the position at 3:54 p.m.

Other candidates filing with the Hopkins County Clerk's office, who will appear on the May 2014 Primary Election ballot are as follows:

Madisonville Mayor David Jackson, a Republican, is running unopposed for the office he now holds.

Only two people have filed for Hopkins County Judge-Executive. Ben Waide has filed as the Republican candidate against incumbent Democrat Donald Carroll and will face off in the November General Election.

A Republican and a Democrat will face off in the fall general election for Hopkins County Sheriff but will run unopposed for the party ticket in the May primary. Republican Matt Sanderson will run against incumbent Frank Latham, a Democrat.

Democrat Joe Blue is unopposed for Hopkins County Jailer.

Democrat Thomas Crabtree is unopposed for Hopkins County Surveyor.

Incumbent Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool, a Republican, is being opposed by Democrat Byron Lee Hobgood and will face off in the fall general election.

Pamela J. Adams Love, a Democrat, is unopposed for Property Valuation Administrator.

Democrat Dennis Mayfield is unopposed for Hopkins County Coroner.

The field of candidates for county magistrates is much broader.

For District 1, David K. Crick is opposing incumbent Karol Welch for the Democratic primary election in May.

Four Democrats are vying for the District 2 Magistrate position: Linda P. Todd, Pryce B. Littlepage, David Offutt and Mike Bryant.

In District 3, Democrat Vicki Dickerson Thomison will face Republican Dianne Coleman in the fall general election.

Jimmie Ray is challenging incumbent Larry Wilson for the Democratic party nomination for Magistrate District 4 in May. The winner will face Republican Jack Whitfield Jr. in the fall general election.

Democrat James D. Harris is unopposed for the Magistrate District 5.

Charlie Beshears, a Democrat, is unopposed for Magistrate District 6.

Three Democrats are vying for Magistrate District 7, which will decide the election as there are no Republicans, who have filed for the office. Current Madisonville City Councilwoman Hannah Miner Myers, former Hopkins County Judge-Executive Patricia “Patti” Hawkins and Thomas Crockett are vying for the Democratic party win in May.

For Constables:  District 2, Darrel Todd, a Democrat, is unopposed; District 4, Janet Adams-Vaughn, a Democrat, is unopposed; District 5, Bryan Scott Anderson, a Republican, is unopposed; District 6, Michael Ray Todd, a Democrat, is unopposed; and, District 7, David Anderson, a Democrat, is unopposed.

For the Madisonville City Council, candidates for all except Ward 6 are unopposed. They are Mark D. Lee, Republican, Ward 1; Tom Morgan, Democrat, Ward 2; Raymond Marion Jr., Democrat, Ward 3; Barry McGaw, Democrat, Ward 4; and, Frank Stevenson, Republican, Ward 5.  Billy H. Smith, Democrat, and Tony Smith, Democrat, have filed for Ward 6.

The Primary Election is May 20, 2014 in Hopkins County.

Candidates that file as an Independent have until Tuesday, Aug. 12 to file for the November General Election, which is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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