Candidates declare intent for 2010 election
Written by Andrew Powell
Friday, 14 August 2009
The 2010 countywide election is underway.
The 2010 countywide election is underway.
Six potential candidates have taken the first step in running for public office in the upcoming election cycle, according to information logged with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Of those that have declared their intent this week, two candidates are seeking the office of Judge-Executive, two seeking the County Clerk’s office, one individual is running for jailer and one candidate is seeking the District 2 Magistrate’s seat.
Gabriel Jones, a Democrat, came within 1,000 votes in the 2006 Election of grabbing the Judge-Executive’s seat away from Judge Blaine Phillips. Jones is making another run at the office this election cycle.
“This (office) is where my heart is,” Jones said Tuesday evening. “I could have ran for another office, but all I think about is the issues that come before the Fiscal Court and how I could fix things and help make the county better.”
Vicki Kidd, a Republican, who served the county as Tourism/Chamber Director and Director of TOUR SEKY, a regional tourism initiative, has also entered her name into the Judge’s race. Kidd said she has been out in the community listening to the concerns of citizens while gearing up for a door-to-door grassroots campaign.
“There comes a time when you need to step up to the plate, especially if it means having a better quality of life for all of us,” Kidd told The Voice. “I can provide that,” she said, adding it will “take the whole community to make a community.”
With the retirement of long-serving County Court Clerk Jo Kidd, her appointee and a challenger have come forward for the office.
Eric Haynes, who has held the position for nearly 8 months now, is looking to the re-election for a full four-year term in office. Haynes has spent his time in office not only learning the new job, but also implementing new services he says will make the office more efficient. In recent weeks, Haynes has upgraded computer systems that allow customers to pay using a credit card as well as a new program to digitally manage records stored in the office.
“I have been working hard and I just hope that I can be re-elected in the fall,” Haynes said.
William Kilby, a pastor and businessman from Pine Knot, has jumped out early to challenge Haynes. Kilby said he has had the desire to run for the office for quite some time and has changes he would like to implement that he says would help to better serve the public.
“I am running for the betterment of the county and the people of this county,” Kilby said. “I will prove my honesty, that I will stand for what is right and stand for the people.”
Kilby sought the office of Magistrate 12 years ago, but has not run for public office since. Both he and Haynes are Republicans.
At least one candidate is getting going early for his second attempt at capturing the office of Jailer.
Harold Hansford, a Republican, was held off in a 2006 Primary charge by incumbent Jailer Scott Jones. Jones eventually lost the office to Tony Ball.
Hansford, whose grandfather served as jailer, says there are things he could like to accomplish that would make operations at the jail more efficient.
“It is time for me to do my civic duty,” Hansford said. “This county, all aspects of it, needs to be ran more like a business and I can bring this to the jail.”
Hansford has also worked a number of years with juvenile justice programs, he says.
Daniel Phillips has filed intent to seek the Office of Magistrate in District 2. The Voice was unable to obtain contact information for Phillips prior to press time. Roger Phillips currently holds that office.
Michael O. Caperton, of London, has filed paperwork declaring his intent to seek office to the 3rd District seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court. He currently serves the 3rd Judicial District on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Candidates can declare intent early, allowing them to expend campaign funds. The actual candidate filing date for the May 18, 2010 Primary Election does not begin until November 4, 2009.
Plans are underway to host a political “stump” picnic at Camp Arnold on September 12. All candidates, regardless of party, seeking office are invited to the picnic to stump with organizers working to invite local, state and federal office seekers. More details of the event will appear in The Voice as they become available.