(Frankfort-KY) Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2007 primary elections. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 30, 2007 to file for office.
“We are one week away from the deadline,” said Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the Commonwealth’s chief election officer. “Our office’s election staff is already extremely busy, and we anticipate that filings will continue up until the last minute.”
Candidates for offices that file with the Office of the Secretary of State may file their papers with the office until 4:00 p.m. EST on January 30th. If candidates choose to mail their filing papers, the documents must still be received by 4:00 p.m. on the 30th, and thus, candidates are asked to plan accordingly.
Constitutional offices that file with the Secretary of State include:
Governor/Lt. Governor Slate
Secretary of State
Auditor of Public Accounts
Commissioner of Agriculture
Nine judicial positions that were created by House Bill 382, as enacted by the 2006 General Assembly, will also appear on the 2007 ballots. The bill created seven (7) new circuit judgeships and two (2) district judgeships and has an effective date of January 1, 2007, as provided by gubernatorial veto.
The following information details the new positions:
County of: Hopkins Circuit Judge
4th Judicial Circuit
County of: Hardin Circuit Judge
9th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Bourbon Circuit Judge
Scott “Family Court”
Woodford 14th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Breathitt Circuit Judge
Powell “Family Court”
Wolfe 39th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Allen Circuit Judge
Simpson “Family Court”
49th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Boone Circuit Judge
Gallatin 54th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Russell Circuit Judge
Wayne “Family Court”
57th Judicial Circuit
County of: Warren District Judge
8th Judicial District
Counties of: Clark District Judge
Madison 25th Judicial District
There will also be an election to fill an unexpired term for the 1st Division of the 3rd District of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
In order to help the thousands of candidates, both new and old, seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State has developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy. Kentuckians can use this manual as a quick guide to filing for political office.
Although the publication focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates. The manual contains an election schedule, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.
“Candidates would be wise to file prior to the final deadline, in the event their documents are not acceptable for filing,” stated Mary Sue Helm, election administrator for the Secretary of State. “There is no opportunity for correction of documents after that date and time.”
For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, or to view a list of candidates who have filed for office, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.