Early filings point toward crowded political field

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A total of 13 more candidates have tossed their proverbial hats into the local political ring since last week’s first day reporting, and the local field is expected to continue its growth over the following days and weeks.
Last Wednesday was the first day to file for office, and as of that afternoon a total of 10 candidates had submitted official papers.

As of yesterday, Magoffin County clerk Renee Arnett Shepherd’s office reported a total of 23 candidates had filed for 12 partisan offices.
Shepherd remained as the lone county clerk candidate and incumbent county attorney Greg Allen was the only filing for that office.

Gerold Howard (R) and incumbent democrat Charles “Doc” Hardin have submitted papers for the judge-executive position with Michael Paul Howard joining fellow democrat and incumbent Mark Jenkins filing for coroner.

Democrat Louie Patrick joined the field for jailer, a position that saw democrat Luke Lewis and republican Dale Minix file on the first day.
Sheriff’s filings, with democrats Bob Jordan and Tim Watkins, remained unchanged, but the three magistrate positions saw plenty of additional filings.
In district one, Gary “Roster” Risner (D) and Stanley Holbrook (R), are on the ticket with democrats Pernell “Buck” Lemaster and Roger Arnett filling out district two.
The district three magistrate’s race has drawn the most candidate attention thus far, including democrats Kellie Lee Miller and Larry “Bubby” Carpenter, along with Ronnie Lovely and Lester Puckett on the republican side.
For constable, Tim “Pooh Bear” Howard and Cleve Howard, both democrats, form the only two-person race to date in district one. Fonzie Howard and Clayton D. Howard have filed in district two and three respectively.
Clerk Shepherd said several people had obtained official candidate papers, but had not officially entered any races, which indicates many more filings in the near future.
John W. Short, of Hindman, has filed for 92nd district state representative, an office currently held by Ansel “Hard Rock” Smith. The 92nd district consists of Magoffin, Knott, and parts of Letcher County.
Candidates have until January 26, 2010 at 4 p.m. to file for partisan races.