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Know where to vote before May 20

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By Stephen Lega

May 20 will be the first time Marion County voters go to the polls using new precincts that were put approved based on data from the 2010 Census. The county approved new magisterial districts in 2011, but the state did not approve the new precincts until late last year.
The Marion County Clerk’s Office mailed thousands of postcards to county residents who may have seen a change in their precinct and where they vote.
When the county redefined the magisterial districts, it also switched from using letters to numbers to identify those districts.
Jackie Wicker is the magistrate in District 1 (formerly District A). He is facing challenges from Bobby Hardin Jr. and Monty Ray Mullins in the Democratic primary. This district includes precincts A101 (Gravel Switch), A102 (Bradfordsville), A103 (Glasscock) and A104 (Fire Department).
Larry Caldwell is the magistrate in District 2 (District D). He is running unopposed. The precincts in his district are D102 (Courthouse), D103 (Calvary), and D014 (Hamilton Heights).
Voters in the Depot and Hamilton Heights precincts should note that they no longer vote at the Marion County EMS Building. They will now vote at VFW Post 5910 on Veterans Drive in Lebanon.
Roger “Cotton” Smothers is the magistrate in District 3 (District E). Craig Bishop and Dudley Friend Adle are challenging Smothers in the primary. The precincts in this district are E101 (Jessietown), E102 (Depot) and E103 (Raywick).
Steve Masterson is the magistrate in District 4 (District H). He is running unopposed. The precincts in this district are H101 (Loretto), H102 (St. Francis), H103 (Holy Cross) and H104 (St. Charles).
John Arthur Elder III is the magistrate in District 5 (District C). He is also running unopposed. The precincts in this district are C102 (Library), C103 (Basement) and C105 (Rolling Hills).
Voters who aren’t sure where they vote should call or visit the Marion County Clerk’s Office before May 20. The clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center, 223 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. The phone number is 270-692-2651.

Contested races
As a reminder, these are the contested races that will appear on the May 20 primary ballot:
An (I) after a name denotes the incumbent.
• U.S. Senate – Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, James Bradley Copas of Lexington, Mitch McConnell (I) of Louisville, Chris Payne of Salvisa, and Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg; Democrats: Burrel Charles Farnsley of Louisville, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington, Gregory Brent Leichty of Louisville and Tom Recktenwald of Louisville
• U.S. Representative, First District — Democrats: Wesley Seaton Bolin of Murray and Charles Kendall Hatchett of Benton
• 24th District State Representative – Republicans: J. Alex Larue of Hodgenville and Richard Treitz of Greensburg
• Marion County Judge/Executive — Democrats: David Daugherty and Douglas Lee Mattingly.
• Marion County magistrate, First District – Democrats: Bobby A. Hardin Jr., Monty Ray Mullins, and Jackie Wicker (1)
• Marion County magistrate, Third District – Democrat: Dudley Friend Adle Jr., Craig Allen Bishop and Roger “Cotton” Smothers (I)