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December 26, 2013

Only 45 have filed to run in ’14 election; a month left until deadline

Pace is described as ‘slow as molasses’

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Somerset —

City elections in Somerset are nonpartisan and the process is sometimes confusing to city voters. Candidates for mayor and city councilor must file by the January 28 deadline. If more than two candidates file for mayor, or more than two councilor candidates file in any of the city’s 12 wards, runoff elections will be held during May 20 primaries. The two top vote-getters for mayor and the two top-voters in each ward involved in the primary will advance to the November general election.
Filing for top elective offices in the courthouse is really, really slow. Incumbent Pulaski County Judge-executive  Barty Bullock and Steve Kelley both have filed and have been campaigning almost from git-go. 
There are other possible candidates for judge-executive. Former judge-executive Darrell BeShears said last week he is “still thinking about it.” Insurance man Rick Girdler has said he would like to be county judge. Some people tried to put Circuit Clerk George Flynn in the judge-executive contest, but Flynn said with tongue in cheek his real friends want him to remain circuit clerk. Neither BeShears nor Girdler has filed.
Bullock was elected four years ago with nearly 31 percent of the vote. Kelley finished second with 28 percent. BeShears, incumbent at the time, was third with 26 percent. Janice Clark, Jimmy Dalton and Dave Kinser also were candidates for judge-executive in the 2010 GOP primary.
There is almost standing room only in the contest for jailer. Rodney Stevens said on Facebook this week he will be a candidate for jailer. Stevens has not filed. 
Already filed for jailer are Gary Ed Cromer, Michael Hall, Anthony McCollum and Rodney Dick. David Moss, police chief at Ferguson, has indicated he will run again for jailer. Moss finished second four years ago in a three-candidate race won by Mike Harris. Harris said he will seek another term but has not filed his Petition of Election.

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