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Candidate review: Glasgow and Barren County

Jennifer Moonsong

Publisher/Jobe Publishing

Central Division


Only a few days are left for candidates desiring to file in Kentucky primary election, and in Barren County, many seats are without candidates while other races, such as the sheriff’s race and the jailer’s race, have drawn ample attention.


Glasgow City Seats

 As of Monday morning, only one individual had filed for mayor of Glasgow, and only four have filed for the nine available city council seats.

Henry Royce, of WCLU Radio, is the sole candidate for Mayor. For the City Council, four incumbents have filed: Marna Kirkpatrick, Chastity Lowery, Terry Bunnell, and James “Happy” Neal.

Both the Mayor and City Council races are non-partisan races and those who file do not file with a specific party.

A primary election will only be held for the City Council in the event that more than 19 candidates file.


Barren County Seats

For the seat of Judge/Executive, incumbent Micheal Hale (D) and Jamie Bewley Byrd (R) have filed.

Barren County has seven magisterial districts, and therefore seven constables positions available.

In District 1, no one has filed.

In District 2, Kim Lambert (R), Derek Scott Pedigo (R), and Jesse Muse (R) have filed.

In districts three, four, five, and six only one candidate has filed per district.

In District 3 Tim Durham (R) is the only candidate to file. In District 4, Chris Eaton (D) has filed. In District 5 Benjamin S. Nuckols (D) has filed. In District 6 Ronnie Stinson (D) has filed. In District 7 Matt Keith (R) and Brad Groce (D) have filed.

Thus far no incumbent magistrates have filed.

As for constables, candidates have only filed in three of the seven districts.

In District 4, Charles E. Shaw (D) has filed, in District 5 Gary Allen Thomas (D) has filed and in District 6 Jason Logsdon (R) has filed.

Barren County attorney Kathryn Thomas (D) is being challenged by Mike Richardson (R).

In the race for sheriff, incumbent Kent Keen (D) is being challenged by Guy Turcotte (R) and Charles Bunch (R).

In the jailer’s race, incumbent Aaron Bennett (R) has three opponents; Cody Huff (D), Chris Pulley (R), and Aaron Shirley (R).

In the following races only incumbents have filed:

Helena Chase Birdwell (R), Barren County Clerk, Coroner Tim Gibson (D), Property Valuation Administrator, Kimberly Powell Shipley (R), and Surveyor Ashton McPherson (D).

Candidates can file until 4 PM on January 7 for local races. Ballot positions will be drawn on January 13.


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