More than 30 candidates have to date filed to run for office in Trigg County in the upcoming May 17 primary races, with a little less than half seeking a seat on Trigg County Fiscal Court.

Filing deadline for candidates in partisan races has been extended by the Kentucky General Assembly, and those individuals now have until 4 p.m. Jan. 25 to file to run.

Deadline for non-partisan races is June 7.

Trigg County Clerk Carmen Finley said voters in the county may vote early on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Election Day. Early voting will take place at the EOC.

On Election Day, voters will have a choice of five or six polling sites and can vote wherever they want to do so, Finley said.

“That’s our plan right now,” she noted. “We want to make it easy for people to vote, and we want to encourage people to vote early.”

Finley said she thinks early voting worked well for people in the last election, and she wants to encourage them to take advantage of it this time if they are able to do so.

“Early voting keeps lines down,” the clerk observed. “It’s giving them choices. I think it will make it easier for everybody.”

Of candidates filing to run in the local community, the fiscal court’s District 6 has attracted quite a bit of interest, with seven candidates, all but one of them Republicans, seeking the seat now held by outgoing Magistrate Larry Lawrence.

The District 6 candidates include Republicans Michael Todd Anderson, Patrick Bush, Billy Hop Calhoun, Will Ezell, Lucas Hale and Dennis Richard Whitten as well as Jan Culwell, the lone Democrat seeking to represent the district on fiscal court.

Lawrence is not seeking another term.

Additionally, two other incumbents on the fiscal court have opposition for their seats.

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Mike Wright is being opposed by Republican John Oliver. In District 5, incumbent Alana Baker Dunn is being opposed by Kenneth Wayne Cherry.

Both Dunn and Cherry are Republicans.

Four incumbents are unopposed, Republican Barry H. Littlejohn in District 2; Cameron Sumner, a Republican, in District 3; Democrat Jeff Broadbent in District 4; and Mike Lane, also a Republican, in the court’s District 7.

At the helm of fiscal court, current Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander has said he won’t seek another term in office, and a former judge-executive, Stan Humphries, is campaigning to serve again in that capacity.

Humphries, a Republican who also served eight years representing District 1 in the state Senate, left the Senate in January 2021. He filed on Nov. 9 to run for judge-executive.

In other races, Trigg County Sheriff Aaron Acree is seeking the sheriff’s office again. A Republican, he filed to run on Nov. 19.

Randall Braboy, also a Republican, filed on Dec. 8 to seek another term as county attorney, and Democrat Finley is campaigning to serve another term as county clerk.

Stephen Washer, a Democrat who was sworn in as Trigg County circuit clerk last October upon the retirement of Pam Perry, filed on Nov. 3 to seek the circuit clerk’s position again.

He will be opposed in the May primary by Lisa Fuller-Thomas, who is a Republican.

In the non-partisan city races, Cadiz Mayor Todd King filed to serve another term as mayor, while incumbents Susie Hendricks, Frankie Phillips and Brenda Price and newcomer Tim Bridges have all filed to run for seats on the Cadiz City Council.

Additionally, Jamus Redd, a Republican and currently a district judge for the 56th District Court that serves Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties, has filed to campaign for circuit court judge in the 56th District.

Remaining candidates who have filed to run in the May primary include Republican Randle G. Cruse, for county surveyor; Democrat James E. Hughes, for jailer; and Democrat John Mark Vinson, running for coroner.

Lauren Fowler, a Republican, is being opposed by Republican James A. Kyler, in the campaign for property valuation administrator.

Ray Wyatt, a Republican, has filed to run for constable in District 2, and Republican John Oliphant is running for constable in District 3.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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