By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T news editor
Books opened on Nov. 4 for candidates to file for Estill County offices and several incumbent officials as well as some new ones have “thrown their hats in the ring.”
•Estill County Clerk Sherry Fox has filed for re-election on the Republican ticket and is so far unopposed in her party as well as the Democratic party.
•Sheriff Gary Freeman has filed for re-election on the Democratic ticket.
•Ravenna Police Chief Ken White and local businessman Darrell “Smokey Wood” have begun their paper work as Republican candidates for sheriff.
•Beverly “Bo” Morris (R), Larry Stewart (D) and David Harvey (R) have all filed for jailer. Current jailer Jim Morris hasn’t filed.
•Estill County Attorney Rodney Davis (R) has filed for a second term and is so far unopposed.
•Republican Coroner Tony Murphy has filed for reelection.
•Brent Mainous (R) has filed for property valuation administrator.
•DistrictTwo Magistrate Greg Hall has not filed for reelection. Earnest Woosely (D) and Clay Hatton (R) have both filed for that position.
•Incumbent District 3 Magistrate Darrell Johnson has filed for reelection.
•Danny Conrad, (R) and Ricky Williams (D) have filed for District One Constable.
District One Magistrate Gerald Rader has begun his paperwork to run for reelection as of Monday evening.
He said that he loves everything about the magistrate’s job and hopes he can continue in that office.
Estill County Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor announced that he would run again at the Republican fall festival and rally Saturday night at the Estill County Fair Barn. He began his paperwork on Monday.
It is early yet as candidates have until Jan. 26, 2010 to file for office. This list was as of press time Tuesday.
Those voters who wish to change their registration to the other party may do so until Dec. 31.
“Their cards have to be in my office by 4 p.m. that day,” Fox said.
Anybody else who isn’t registered has until April 19, 2010 to register in time to vote in the May primary.