08-08-2012

Secretary of state announces upcoming candidate filing deadlines

Kentucky Press News Service

Frankfort - Aug. 14 is the deadline for independent, political organization, and political group candidates running for most offices, with the exception of president and vice president and certain unexpired terms, to file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by 4 p.m. local time.

“I encourage all interested individuals to complete their filings as soon as possible to allow time to address any problems with their paperwork,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a news release issued by her office.

Independent, political organization and political group candidates for many offices were required to file a statement-of-candidacy form no later than April 2 to be qualified. That prerequisite does not apply to candidates for federal offices, nonpartisan offices, and partisan city offices of cities of the second to sixth classes. The requirement also is inapplicable to candidates for unexpired terms.

In addition to offices that are scheduled for a regular election this year, several unexpired terms will appear on the ballot on Nov. 6. Candidates for the following vacant offices that file with the Secretary of State must file their paperwork by Aug. 14:

• District Judge, 57th Judicial District
• Circuit Judge, 27th Judicial Circuit, Division 2
• Circuit Judge, 29th Judicial Circuit
• Circuit Judge, 30th Judicial Circuit, Division 10

Interested individuals should contact their county clerk to determine whether there are any local offices with unexpired terms and the filing deadline for those positions.