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January 29, 2014

124 file for May Primaries

Several races expected to be hotly contested


Somerset —

• 1st District magistrate: Jason Turpen, Stacy W. Halcomb, Allen Adcock and Judith Lynne Martini, all Republicans.
• 1st District constable: Denny Allen Britt, Danny Weddle, Nicholas F. Crummie and James R. Foster, all Republicans.
• 2nd District magistrate: Larry Hines, Kennith Decker, Dennis L. Wilson, Barry W. Flatt, Mike L. Wilson and James (Jamie) Warren, all Republicans, and Michael Brent Redmond, a Democrat.
• 2nd District constable: Clyde Molen, Carl David Jones, James Huesman, Christopher Roberts, Roy Chumbley and Jamie Meece, all Republicans.
• 3rd District magistrate: Jimmy Wheeldon, Tommy Barnett and Bob Lunsford, all Republicans, and Deanna Wahlman, a Democrat. 
• 3rd District constable: Travis Gillilan, Brad Wilson and John A. Gallagher, all Republicans.
• 4th District magistrate: Glenn Maxey, Billy Bob Hardy and Ronald “Rooney” Turner, all Republicans.
• 4th District constable: James Mayfield, G.D. Doug Baker, James Glover, Ollie Phelps, Richard L. New, Anthony W. (Tony) Deprato and John “Tim” Coffey, all Republicans.
• 5th District magistrate: Thomas D. Stevens III (Bud), a Democrat, and Mike Strunk, Douglas Hughes, Penny Jo Johnson, Jack Anderson and Jayson Lee Flynn, all Republicans.
• 5th District constable: Michael “Wally” Wallace and Kenneth Hembree, both Republicans.
• Somerset mayor (nonpartisan): Alan Keck, Eddie Girdler and Jim Rutherford.
• Somerset City Council (nonpartisan):
Ward 1: M. Allan Coomer and David C. Burdine; Ward 2: Linda Stringer and Brian Dalton; Ward 3: Jerry Wheeldon; Ward 4: Joseph Wiles, Betty Barnes Cook, Justin Mikel Smith and James C. (Jimmy) Eastham; Ward 5: Jerry Girdler; Ward 6: Charles Mike New and Joseph B. Brinegar; Ward 7: Donna Hunley; Ward 8: John Ricky Minton; Ward 9: Jim Mitchell; Ward 10: James P. Bourne and Tim Rutherford; Ward 11: Jerry Burnett; and Ward 12: Tom Eastham.
Science Hill mayor (nonpartisan): William J. “Bill” Dick. Filing deadline for Dick and other small city candidates is August 12.
Statewide and multi-county candidates who have filed at the Kentucky Secretary of States office are:

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    As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.

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    The recent hearing regarding the conflict with county schools over non-resident students might not have gone Somerset’s way, but that doesn’t mean they’re done fighting.

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