Three more people had added their names to the list of candidates for next year’s local races, as of Tuesday morning.
In the growing race for sheriff, a veteran in local law enforcement threw his hat in the ring, when John Hunt, of Prestonsburg, registered Monday for the Democratic primary. Hunt has experience as dispatcher for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Prestonsburg Police, as well as an officer for Prestonsburg and Kentucky State Police.
In a statement released to The Times, Hunt said widespread drug abuse makes next year’s sheriff’s race extremely important.
“This is the most important election in Floyd County,” Hunt said. “We have got to get serious about putting a dent in drug abuse in this county, not only in prosecution of drug-related crimes, but also in recovery and prevention.”
Hunt becomes the fifth person to announce for sheriff. He will face James “Brandon” Spencer, Darren Lawson and Steve Little in the May primary. On the Republican side, Joey Collins is the only candidate so far.
One more name was also added to another crowded race, the Democratic race for jailer. Stan Lee, of Martin, who was the sole challenger to former Jailer Roger Webb in 2010, filed Monday to run in next year’s race.
Lee told the The Times that he brings experience and qualifications to the race.
“The jailer’s office is unlike any other elected office,” Lee said. “The person who holds this office must have the experience, knowledge and skills required to be effective.”
Four other people, all Democrats, have filed for the jailer’s race. They include current Jailer Cheyenne McKinney, who was appointed to the position by Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall following Webb’s retirement earlier this year, as well as Dale Johnson, of Prestonsburg, Lowell “Dougie” Marcum, of Allen, and Lowell Samons Jr., of Banner.
The race for District 1 constable also got its first candidate this week, with the filing of Lester Jarvis, of Prestonsburg.
Candidates have until Jan. 28 to file for next year’s election.
Those filing to run as of 10 a.m., Tuesday, include:
Bennie M. Lafferty, of Banner
Michael J. Pennington, of East Point
James “Brandon” Spencer, of Prestonsburg
Darren Lawson, of Prestonsburg
Steve Little, of Prestonsburg
John Hunt, of Prestonsburg
Joey Collins, of Garrett
Dale Johnson, of Prestonsburg
Cheyenne McKinney, of Allen
Lowell (Dougie) Marcum, of Allen
Lowell Samons Jr., of Banner
Stan Lee, of Martin
Greg Nelson, of Dwale
Teresa Faye Hall, of Wayland
DISTRICT JUDGE, DIVISION I
Jimmy “Blue” Marcum, of Prestonsburg
CIRCUIT JUDGE, DIVISION I
Johnny Ray Harris, of Prestonsburg
CIRCUIT JUDGE, DIVISION II
Earl “Mickey” McGuire, of Prestonsburg
FAMILY COURT JUDGE
Dwight Stacy Marshall, of Prestonsburg
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
Mike Tackett, of Wheelwright
MAGISTRATE, DISTRICT 4, DEMOCRAT
Ronnie Akers, of Harold
CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 1, DEMOCRAT
Lester Jarvis, of Prestonsburg
CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 2, DEMOCRAT
Sam Duncan, of Garrett
CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 3, DEMOCRAT
Gary Tackett, of Hi Hat
Ernie Ray Moore, of McDowell
Willie Hall, of Melvin
CONSTABLE, DISTRICT 4, DEMOCRAT
David Wakeland, of Betsy Layne
Jerry Fannin, of Prestonsburg
JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION 1
Sara Combs, of Stanton
JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION 2
Janet Stumbo, of Prestonsburg
Matt Bevin, Louisville