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May 17, 2013

Election rumors running rampant

Candidates for judge-executive hot topic; Wiles says no mayoral bid

Somerset —

Heated conversations statewide about Democratic Party efforts to find a candidate to unseat well-heeled Mitch McConnell are clogging talk shows, but around the Pulaski County courthouse and on street corners in Somerset rumors are rampant about candidates for city and county offices in 2014.
Raising eyebrows are some possible candidates for Pulaski County judge-executive. It looks early on as if the GOP primary election for county judge will be a doozy.
• One name being tossed around is George Flynn, the recently reelected veteran circuit court clerk from South of the River. Will Flynn get in the race for Pulaski County judge-executive? He says he is being asked to run.
• How about insurance man Rick Girdler? He longs for a position as a public servant and admits kicking around the idea of running for judge-executive.
Then, for some not-so-surprising matter of facts:
• There’s not a hint that Judge-executive Barty Bullock won’t run for a third term. However, four telephone calls to his office over two days didn’t contact the incumbent for candidacy confirmation.
• You can bet the farm Steve Kelley will try again. He finished a strong second in the 2010 judge-executive’s GOP primary, ahead of former Judge-executive Darrell BeShears.
Next Tuesday would be primary Election Day if this were not an election-free year. However, the non-event was as good an excuse as any for the Commonwealth Journal to check the early field.
“I have kicked around the idea of being county judge-executive,” Rick Girdler said. “It’s not really sure I will get in the race, but I’ve always wanted to be a public servant,” he added. Girdler, 58, has been in the insurance business for more than 35 years. The owner of Girdler Insurance Agency is a Republican.

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