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2014 campaign begins with 16 candidates filing

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

November 7, 2013

The official start of the 2014 election season got underway Wednesday, as candidates had their first opportunity to set aside rumors and file to run for office.

Next year’s elections are expected to be a crowded affair, with nearly all county races on the ballot. The only county officers who will not be up for re-election are Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner and Circuit Clerk Douglas Ray Hall.

But despite the expected onslaught of filings, the first two days of registration season were relatively quiet, with only 16 candidates filing papers.

Three races — sheriff and magistrate races in Districts 1 and 2 — are already fairly active, however, with each already drawing three candidates.

Candidates have until Jan. 28 to file their paperwork.

Those filing to run as of 3 p.m., Thursday, include:

JUDGE-EXECUTIVE, DEMOCRAT

Bennie M. Lafferty, of Banner


SHERIFF, DEMOCRAT

James “Brandon” Spencer, of Prestonsburg


Darren Lawson, of Prestonsburg


Steve Little, of Prestonsburg


SHERIFF, REPUBLICAN

Joey Collins, of Garrett


JAILER, DEMOCRAT

Dale Johnson, of Prestonsburg


CORONER, DEMOCRAT

Greg Nelson, of Dwale


MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 1, DEMOCRAT

“Big John” John A. Goble, of Prestonsburg


Gerald DeRossett, of Prestonsburg


David A. Gearheart, of Prestonsburg


MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 2, DEMOCRAT

Hattie Owens, of Hueysville


Randy Davis, of David


John P. Sammons, of Prestonsburg


MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 3, DEMOCRAT

Warren Jarrell, of Printer


MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 4, DEMOCRAT

Ronnie Akers, of Harold


PRESTONSBURG MAYOR

Jerry Fannin, of Prestonsburg