Commonwealth Journal

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January 29, 2014

124 file for May Primaries

Several races expected to be hotly contested

(Continued)

Somerset —

Some things that might have happened but didn’t:
✔ Former county judge-executive Darrell BeShears, who dilly-dallied for a long time about another run for the office, said earlier this week he would not file. He didn’t. “I know when it’s time to step aside,” he commented. BeShears, who lifted Pulaski County out of poverty by shepherding a 1-cent occupational tax, served four terms in the county judge’s office.
✔ Local insurance man Rick Girdler, who expressed interest, didn’t get into the judge-executive’s race. Neither did George Flynn, Pulaski County’s veteran circuit clerk from South of the River whose name was tossed about for the top job in the courthouse. He said “ ... my friends want me to stay as their circuit clerk.”
✔ The five seats on Pulaski Fiscal Court didn’t attract as many candidates as four years ago. Only a total of 24 candidates filed this time compared with 51 in 2010, the first election after magistrates doubled their individual salaries from $15,000 to $30,000.
 
Following are candidates for various local offices:
 
• Pulaski County judge-executive: Steve Kelley, Barty Bullock, both Republicans, and Rodney Casada, a Democrat.
• Pulaski County clerk: Tim Price, Linda Burnett, Josh Anderson and Jim Reams, all Republicans. Filing papers were picked up by another possible candidate for clerk but that person didn’t file.
• Pulaski County jailer: Michael Hall, Anthony McCollum, Rodney Dick, Gary Ed Cromer, Rodney Stevens, David Moss, Mike Harris, Rodney Baker, Eric Henderson and Jeff R. Burton, all Republicans.
• Pulaski County attorney: Martin Hatfield, a Republican.
• Pulaski County sheriff: Greg W. Speck, Todd Wood and Bill Scott, all Republicans.
• Pulaski County coroner: Clyde Strunk, Shane D. Haste, Scott Miller, Charles E. “Chuck” Godbey and Michael K. Noon, all Republicans.
• Pulaski County property valuation administrator: T.W. Todd, a Republican.
• Pulaski County surveyor: Anthony Glenn Thompson, a Republican.

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