Current Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble announced Friday that he will be seeking reelection in the 2022 election.
Tribble released a statement to the media upon making his announcement.
“Serving the good people of Christian County as their County Judge-Executive has been one of the great privileges and honors of my life,” he said.
“I have taken that honor and privilege very seriously. Accordingly, I have worked tirelessly for the people I am honored to represent. I have always maintained an ‘open door policy’ willing to talk to anyone at any time about any concern or suggest any citizen of Christian County may have regarding our community, our county government or any service provided by county government.”
Tribble continued to state that he has committed himself to avoid “political grandstanding” and intends to continue focusing on solving issues with a “common sense” solution rather than by attempting to solve them with a “Republican or Democratic solution.”
Tribble was first elected in 1993 as a Democrat.
While Tribble announced his intention to run for reelection, official filing does not begin until November.
With that in mind, Christian County Clerk Mike Kem gave a quick overview of the upcoming primary election, including what offices are up for running as well as opening dates and deadlines.
While some candidates have already announced their intentions of running, like Tribble, and some declaring they would not be seeking reelection, official filing does not open until Wednesday, Nov. 3, which is just around the corner.
The deadline to file is Jan. 7 at 4 p.m., according to Kem.
Hopkinsville City Council Member Terry Parker took the opportunity during Thursday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting to announce to the public and the council that he does not intend to run for reelection, stating it was time for him to “move on.”
“It’s been a great experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be here and I appreciate the citizens giving me this opportunity, but it’s just time for me to move on and let somebody else take this seat,” Parker said.
Former Hopkinsville Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Michael Pendleton announced in late July that he would be running for Hopkinsville Mayor.
Current County Magistrate Jerry Gilliam announced on Oct. 12 that he would be running for County Judge-Executive as a Republican. Local entrepreneur and owner of Kentucky Hemp Works Katie Moyer also announced that she intends to run for Judge-Executive as a Republican on Oct. 13.
Current County Sheriff Tyler DeArmond also announced that he would be seeking reelection on Oct. 19 as a Republican.
Both Erica Newby, who has worked in the County Clerk’s Office for more than seven years, and Melinda Humphries, the county’s current election coordinator, recently announced they intend to run for Christian County Clerk. Kem has not yet announced his intentions.
Finally, Christian County Magistrate Darrell Gustafson announced that he will seeking reelection.
The primary election will take place on May 17, 2022 while the general election will take place Nov. 8, 2022.
Being that the primary election is coming up, local Republican and Democratic candidates are vying for which candidate will represent their party come the general election next year. Those individuals who are registered as Independent will not be able to vote in the primary.
As for which offices are up for the primary in May, those include all Christian County and City of Hopkinsville officials.
For Christian County, those are County Attorney, County Clerk, County Constables, County Coroner, County Jailer, County Judge Executive, County Magistrates, Property Valuation Administrator, County Sheriff, County Surveyor, one State Senator and three House of Representatives members.
For Hopkinsville officials, offices include, Mayor and all 12 City Council Wards.
Kem added that Hopkinsville will be the only city in the county hosting a primary election for its offices.
“The other cities will not (have a primary) as they are non-partisan,” Kem said.
Kem added that at this time, he is not aware of any upcoming Constitutional Amendments that will be on the ballot for the general election next year.
“So, it’s just all the different candidates,” he said. “(As for the primary) what both parties try to do is to get somebody that will run for every office. So, they’re in the process of doing that now.”