Two months remain to file for local offices during the 2014 election cycle and courthouse officials are scratching their heads at the slow pace of filings compared to four years ago.
For example, at midafter-noon Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, only seven candidates, including three incumbents, had filed for magistrate. Four years ago, as County Clerk Ralph Troxtell put it, magisterial candidates were “lined up” to file. A total of 51 candidates filed for the five seats on Pulaski Fiscal court during the 2010 election cycle.
One of the more significant filers since last week’s report is incumbent Sheriff Todd Wood, seeking a fourth term.
Wood, a Pulaski County High School basketball star and former Somerset city policemen, was elected sheriff following the assassination of Sheriff Sam Catron on April 13, 2002 at a Shopville picnic and political rally. Retired State Police Detective Jim McWhorter was appointed interim sheriff immediately following Catron’s death and he (McWhorter) served until Wood’s election.
Greg W. Speck, a retired state police captain and former commander of Kentucky State Police Post 15, headquartered at Columbia, has filed as a candidate for sheriff. Both Wood and Speck are Republicans.
Magisterial candidates who had filed as of midafternoon Wednesday:
1st District: Incumbent Jason Turpen, a Republican.
2nd District: Larry Hines and Kenneth Decker, both Republicans. Incumbent Mike Wilson, a Republican, had not filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
3rd District: Jimmy Wheeldon, a Republican. Incumbent Tommy Barnett, a Republican, had not filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
4th District: Incumbent Glenn Maxey, a Republican.
5th District: Incumbent Mike Strunk, a Republican, and Thomas D. Stevens III (Bud), a Democrat.
Troxtell said there is an early interest in the office of constable. Ten constabulary candidates have filed for election or reelection in the five magisterial districts. Constables do not get a salary; they are paid for delivering court papers and performing other law-enforcement duties: