Joe P. Asher
The deadline to file to be on the ballot for an office in the November general election has passed. The candidates list has been released by the County Clerk’s Office.
Steven Parker Boggs will run as the sole candidate for the office of commonwealth’s attorney, having beaten Commonwealth’s Attorney Henry Johnson in the May primary election. Other offices up for election include the Harlan Circuit Court Clerk’s Office which will have incumbent Paul F. Williams, a Democrat, running against Republican Joyce Heck.
The District 5 magistrate seat will also be decided in November. Democrat Delbert Stephens and Republican Mary Ann “Sissy” Niday will be vying for the seat, which is currently being filled by Delzina Belcher. Belcher was appointed to finish the term upon the death of magistrate Jim Roark.
The race for mayor of the city of Evarts will be between acting mayor Eddie Manning, Terry Wayne Williams and Burl Fee Jr. Fee is the son of the late Burl Fee Sr., who passed away while in office. Manning was appointed to fill Fee’s term.
The Evarts City Council race consists of nine candidates. Jackie Renfro, Eric Woodard, Clark Cusick Sr., Carrie Lipfird, V.M. Shelly Shackleford, Clark Williams, Larry Caudill, Charlie Couch and Tony Aslinger. The Harlan City Council seats are also up for election. Grady Lee, M.G. Smith, Charles Stephenson, Gail Murray and Marion Croley Forester have all filed to run for council positions for the the city of Harlan.
Benham will also see a race for council positions. George C. Massey Sr., Cynthia Louise Humphrey, Wanda Humphrey, Robert Falls, Shirley M. Dodd, Michael Ray Ellington, David Kidwell, Howard White, Doug Robinson and David Childers Jr. will compete for seats on the council.
Seeking seats on the Loyall City Council are James C. Hagy, Dorothy Williams, Dewayne Williams, Elvin Smith, Trenna C. Cornett and Anne McFarland. Filing for a seat on the Lynch City Council are Bennie Massey, Terry Wayne Lewis, Sharon Reynolds Lewis, Winston H. Yeary Sr., Carl Douglas Collins, Linda Adams, Taylor Lee Hall, Louis D “Ned” Marshall Jr. and Betty Hudack.
The Cumberland City Council race shows Charles C. Raleigh Jr., Carolyn Elliot, Jerry V. Gilliam, Bernard Edward Graham, Yvonne Gilliam, Carla J. Barrett, David C. Dixon, Ronald Jarvis, Norma Jo Dobos, Leslie Bush and Bobby Lewis Jr. as having filed to run for election. The Harlan County School Board will have races in three districts. District 1 will be Brenda Henson and Harry Moore. Gary C. Farmer is seeking election for District 2. Myra Mosely is running in District 3. Harlan Independent School Board seats are being sought by Mathew G. Nunez and Joe Meadors.
The Soil Conservation District election is showing Murphy Green, Lonnie Saylor, Christian Metcalfe and Robert B. Jones as candidates. The race for constable shows District 2 Democrat Clyde Payne with no opposition, District 3 will be between Democrat Jim Bennett and Republican Martin Keith.
Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins said it is still possible to file as a write in candidate until 4 p.m.on Oct. 26. Election day is Nov. 6.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510 or email@example.com