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May 17, 2013

Election rumors running rampant

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


Somerset —

Nobody can envision George Flynn as anything but Pulaski circuit clerk. But time changes everything.
Flynn, asked about rumors that he is looking at the county judge-executive’s office, didn’t confirm or deny but definitely left the door open to the possibility that he might seek the judge’s office.
“I’ve been asked by a few people to consider running for county judge-executive,” said Flynn. “I’m concerned, as many people are, about issues in county government.”
Flynn, sworn is as circuit clerk in December 1987, said he is not committed one way or another. “Tell them George Flynn is happy as their circuit clerk,” he laughed. He is a Republican.
Steve Kelley, after an encouraging run in 2010, will likely be a GOP candidate for the same office next year.
“I’m going to be looking at it ... I’m leaning in that direction,” Kelley said.  
Oh yes, lest we forget, the office of mayor of Somerset is up for election or reelection, and there is one almost sure thing: Former Mayor JP Wiles, as much as he enjoyed being mayor, won’t try to regain the office.
“No,” Wiles said. “I’ve had enough.” He sounded emphatic, like he meant it.
Wiles was mayor for two terms prior to being upset in a 43-vote loss to Eddie Girdler in 2006. Wiles tried again unsuccessfully in 2010, and Girdler won a second term.
Before serving as mayor, Wiles was a magistrate on Pulaski Fiscal Court for four years.
Political pundits are talking under their breath about a “strong” candidate to oppose Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler. But they won’t talk out loud. Nobody is saying who the mystery candidate is.
Again, if you happen to have another farm, you can lay it on the line that Eddie Girdler will seek a third term as Somerset mayor.
“Yes sir! No question!” Girdler said. He didn’t even pause to think.
Hold the line! We’re running out of space! Usually there are more than 100 candidates on local election ballots in Pulaski County and there is no reason to think 2014 elections will be different. Lots of time is left. Filing deadline for most candidates in January 28, 2014.

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