Hardin files statement of candidacy in judge's race

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SALYERSVILLE – One more independent candidate filed a statement of candidacy for this year’s Magoffin County General Election: former Magoffin County Democratic Party Chairman and current Magoffin County Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin, M.D., for county judge.

The deadline for independent candidates to file a statement of candidacy – basically stating an intent to file for the office – was Monday, April 2. Hardin filed his on Thursday, March 29.

The statement of candidacy is not an actual filing for office, but it’s just the intent to file. The deadline for candidate filings for the General Election is August 14. 

Hardin has served as the chair of the county’s Democratic party for many years, but recently handed the title over to his brother, Randall Hardin, before stepping down and changing his registration to “independent.” He is currently on his second consecutive term as the Magoffin County judge executive.

There are currently six Democrat candidates running for office in the county judge’s race: William Helton, Matthew Chalmer Wireman, Rondal Reed, Tim Watkins, Don Risner and Haden B. (H.B.) Arnett. There are three Republican candidates: Joshua Ray Puckett, John Montgomery and Carter Whitaker. In addition to Hardin, Lowell Gene Arnett has also filed a statement of candidacy as an independent candidate.

Two other independent candidates have also filed an intent to file for the sheriff’s race: Rick Jordan and Arthur Perkins.