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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:


JUDGE-EXECUTIVE, DEMOCRAT

Bennie M. Lafferty, of Banner


Michael J. Pennington, of East Point


SHERIFF, DEMOCRAT

James “Brandon” Spencer, of Prestonsburg


Darren Lawson, of Prestonsburg


Steve Little, of Prestonsburg


John Hunt, of Prestonsburg


SHERIFF, REPUBLICAN

Joey Collins, of Garrett


JAILER, DEMOCRAT

Dale Johnson, of Prestonsburg


Cheyenne McKinney, of Allen


Lowell (Dougie) Marcum, of Allen


Lowell Samons Jr., of Banner


Stan Lee, of Martin


CORONER, DEMOCRAT

Greg Nelson, of Dwale


COUNTY SURVEYOR

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

PRESTONSBURG MAYOR

Jerry Fannin, of Prestonsburg


JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION 1

Sara Combs, of Stanton


JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION 2

Janet Stumbo, of Prestonsburg


U.S. SENATOR

Matt Bevin, Louisville

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