There will now be three people in the Republican primary for Christian County Judge-Executive after registered nurse Dan Mason filed to run this week for the county’s top office.
Mason turned in his paperwork on Wednesday — one day after Republican Jerry Gilliam, who is currently serving as a Christian County Magistrate, and two days after Republican Katie Moyer did so.
On his campaign website, Mason says, “I offer not a long political resume, but I have a life-long education overcoming challenges, enduring struggle, extending a hand to those slapped by the back hand of life and finding new ways to fix old problems.”
Sitting Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble, a Democrat, has also announced he plans to run for reelection for another term, but has not yet filed.
Friday also saw two candidates file paperwork. Republican Russ Guffey filed to run for District 7 Magistrate. He will be in a May primary against Mike Walker, who filed his paperwork last week.
And Democrat Walter G. Cummings became the first person from his party to file for Christian County Clerk. As of now, only one other person has signed up to run for that office — Republican Erica Newby.
Other candidates who had previously registered to run for office during the 2022 election cycle included
- Republican Vince Farrell, Hopkinsville Mayor
- Republican James R. Knight, Hopkinsville Mayor
- Democrat Michael Pendleton, Hopkinsville Mayor
- Republican Tyler DeArmond, Christian County Sheriff
- Republican Erica Newby, Christian County Clerk
- Republican Adam Smith, Christian County Jailer
- Republican Scott Daniel, Christian County Coroner
- Democrat Mark Wells, Magistrate District 2
- Democrat Mark E. Cansler, Magistrate District 3
- Republican George Barnett, Magistrate District 3
- Republican Darrell L. Gustafson, Magistrate District 4
- Democrat Rich Leibe, Magistrate District 5
- Republican Phillip Peterson, Magistrate District 6
- Republican Mike Walker, Magistrate District 7
- Republican Chuck Crabtree, Hopkinsville City Council Ward 4
- Republican Travis W. Martin, Hopkinsville City Council Ward 6
- Republican Mark A. Graham, Hopkinsville City Council Ward 7
- Republican Jamie Lynn Lienberger, Hopkinsville City Council Ward 9
Republican Steve Keel,
- Hopkinsville City Council Ward 10
- Republican Mark O. “Bubba” Haddock, Constable District 8.
The deadline for filing for partisan races that may require a primary is Jan. 7, 2022, at 4 p.m. the non-partisan filing deadline is June 7, 2022, at 4 p.m.
The primary election will be held on May 17, 2022 and the general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2022.
In addition to local offices, Justice Shea Nickell has filed to run for re-election as the First Appellate District’s representative on the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Justice Nickell was elected to the Commonwealth’s highest court in November 2019 to complete the unexpired term of retired Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham, defeating his opponent with roughly sixty% of votes cast. If re-elected next November, he will serve a full eight-year term.
Justice Nickell was previously elected to serve as a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006, again defeating his opponent with roughly sixty% of votes cast. He was unopposed for that position when re-elected in November 2014, and later served as the court’s Chief Judge pro tem.
All judicial elections are nonpartisan. The First Appellate Judicial District includes the twenty-four counties of Allen, Ballard, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, and Webster.