Voters will go to the polls again Nov. 2

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By Stephen Lega

Voters and candidates may be recovering from months of campaigning leading up to the May 18 primary election, but they won't be able to rest too long.

The Nov. 2 general election is less than six months away.

The biggest race on the ballot this year will be the battle for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning. Democratic nominee Jack Conway and Republican nominee Rand Paul will square off to see who will be Bunning's successor.

The Second District U.S. House of Representatives seat is also scheduled to be on the ballot. Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie is being challenged by Democratic candidate Ed Marksberry.

On the state level, 14th District State Sen. Jimmy Higdon is the Republican nominee. As of now, Higdon remains unopposed.

In the 24th District state house race, State Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Leo Johnson. This will be a rematch of the special election held Feb. 2.

Four judicial seats are up for election this year, but three of those races are uncontested.

Justice Daniel J. Venters is the only candidate in his race for the Kentucky Supreme Court, Third District seat.

Circuit Judge Dan Kelly is the only candidate in the race for the 11th District, First Division seat.

And District Judge Amy Sullivan Anderson does not have any opposition for the 11th District, First Division seat.

There is a race in the 11th District, Second Division. District Judge Connie Sullivan Phillips is seeking re-election. She is being challenged by Jeff Eastham of Greensburg.

Phillips has served as the district judge for more than 15 years.

Eastham has been a practicing attorney for 19 years. He has worked as a prosecuting and a defense attorney, and he has experience in juvenile and civil cases as well.

At the county level, the only contested race will be in the race for county coroner. Incumbent Dick Moraja, the Democratic candidate, will be facing Republican candidate Chuck Helm.

Incumbents County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Magistrates Jackie Wicker (District A), John Arthur Elder III (District C), Larry Caldwell (District D),  Roger ‚ÄúCotton‚Äù Smothers (District E) and Steve Masterson (District H), County Attorney Joe H. Mattingy, County Clerk Karen Spalding, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady and Marion Circuit Clerk Kim May are running unopposed.

Democratic sheriff-nominee Jimmy Clements and PVA-nominee Terry “Catfish” Rakes are also unopposed at this time.

Several nonpartisan races  will be on the ballot as well.

Seats on the Lebanon City Council and the city commissions for Bradfordsville, Loretto and Raywick will be up for election Nov. 2. The mayoral seats in each of those cities will be up for election as well.

The Marion County Soil Conservation District will also be up for election. If only four candidates file, however, this race will not appear on the ballot.

Voters will also have a chance to vote for three members of the Marion County Board of Education.

School board districts three, four and five will be on the ballot.

Alex Ackermann is the sitting District Three board member, and Board Chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew represents District Five.

Brad Mattingly was appointed to fill the District Four seat temporarily after Joe F. Mattingly had to resign when his daughter was hired at Marion County High School. Under state law, someone with a relative working for a school district cannot sit on that district's board of education.

Brad Mattingly's appointment is good until the November election. Whoever is elected this fall will fill the remaining two years of Joe Mattingly's unexpired term.

Filing, registration deadlines

Candidates for mayoral seats, city council members and commissioners, the board of education and the soil conservation district have until 4 p.m. Aug. 10 to file to be listed on the ballot.

In any race, write-in candidates have until 4 p.m. Oct. 22 to file.

Citizens who want to vote in November need to register with the county clerk's office by Oct. 4.