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And they're off! Several candidates file in first days

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By Shannon Brock

Six candidates filed to run for countywide office last Wednesday, the first day filings were open, and several others have jumped in the race since then.

The last day to file to run for office in 2014 is Jan. 28.
Republicans who filed to run for a countywide office on Nov. 6 are:
•Lynn Hesselbrock (incumbent) for county clerk
•Bobby J. Whitely for sheriff
•Donald “Buddy” Stump (incumbent) for sheriff
Democrats who filed to run for a countywide office on Nov. 6 are:
•Darrell Herndon (incumbent) for jailer
•Jerry Davis for county judge-executive
•Steve Coulter for sheriff
Debbie Herndon, a democrat who plans to run for county judge-executive filed Nov. 7.
Kim Stump, the incumbent PVA and a democrat, filed on Nov. 8.

State Representative
Spencer County’s James Allen Tipton, a republican, filed on Nov. 6 to run for the newly-created 53rd district seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
The district includes all of Spencer County, all of Anderson County and two precincts in Bullitt County.
Former State Rep. Kent Stevens, a democrat, also filed to run for the house seat. Stevens served in the state house in the 55th district, which used to include a portion of Spencer, in 2009 and 2010. Stevens sought reelection in 2010 and 2012, but was defeated by republican challenger Kim King.

Nonpartisan judge races
Several candidates have also filed to run for district judge, family court judge and circuit court judge.
Linda S. Armstrong of Shelbyville, an incumbent, filed Nov. 8 to run for district judge in the 53rd district, first division.
Charles R. Hickman of Shelbyville, an incumbent, filed Nov. 8 to run for circuit judge in the 53rd district, first division.
Three candidates have filed to run for family court judge in the 53rd district, second division.
Incumbent John David Myles of Simpsonville is seeking reelection; he filed Nov. 6.
S. Marie Hellard of Lawrenceburg filed Nov. 8 and Susan M. Meschier of Shelbyville filed Nov. 6.

As the election season progresses, The Spencer Magnet will present articles on each of the races and candidates who will be on the primary election ballot in May 2014. The Magnet will also present periodic updates on candidate filings through the filing deadline of Jan. 28.