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EARLIER: 3 berths open as election deadline nears

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Veteran magistrate Cody Armstrong won't be running

By Lisa King

 With just four days remaining before the deadline to file for the primary elections in May, at least three posts remain vacant with no candidates in line.

The cutoff to file is 4 p.m. Tuesday, and though most candidates have processed their paperwork for positions ranging from state legislators to constable, Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said not as many candidates have filed as in the past years.  “No one has yet filed to run for coroner or for constable in Districts 1 and 5,” she said. “Of course, they have until Tuesday.” Mary Sue Helm, election administrator for the Secretary of State’s office, said that if no candidate files for an office, then that seat will go on the ballot in November with zero candidates, “in case a write-in candidate has filed,” she said.  Helm added that after the general election, someone would be appointed to each job by either Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty or Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, which ever has jurisdiction. “That would not happen until at least January,” Helm said. Dr. Ron Waldridge Jr. currently is the coroner. James Tingle is constable for District 1 and Robert Masters for District 5. Other than those three positions, the only incumbent who has not filed to run for re-election is Magistrate Cordy Armstrong, a Democrat, who issued a statement Thursday saying that he does not plan to seek re-election after serving in District 4 for 25 years. “Not running for re-election will allow me to concentrate on my family and my farm and will allow me to help with my son’s [Mike Armstrong’s] re-election campaign for sheriff,” he said.  Mike Armstrong, a Democrat, will face Republican Stewart Shirley for sheriff. Cordy Armstrong, who was a deputy sheriff before his time as a magistrate, said he feels privileged to have served the county and appreciates the voters’ support. “I have always tried to be a dedicated and honorable elected official and have tried to make the best decisions on issues that would come before Fiscal Court,” he said. “I hope the next magistrate will be open-minded and a good listener, and I look forward to the time that I will be able as a citizen to contact my magistrate and talk about the issues that concern Shelby County.” So far, only Democrat John Coleman Lewis of Bagdad is running for magistrate in District 4. Of the seven magisterial districts, only Districts 3 and 5 have more than one candidate running. Businessman Robert Andriot, a Republican, will challenge incumbent Republican Allen Ruble in District 3, and in District 5, there will be a battle of Democrats. Eddie Kingsolver again is running against Betty Curtsinger, who is seeking her fourth term and defeated Kingsolver narrowly in 2006. Democrat Mike Whitehouse, Republican Michael Riggs, Democrat Tony Carriss and Democrat Hubert Pollett are unopposed. That also is true of Hardesty, Rothenburger, Jailer Bobby Waits, County Attorney Hart Megibben and Perry. Perry said candidates for the Shelby County School Board and the Simpsonville City Commission do not have to file until August, the deadline for the general election, because those races are nonpartisan. Third-party, independent and write-in candidates do not have to file until that deadline, either. Four candidates are vying for the seat of retiring state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville). Democrats David Eaton of Shelbyville and John E. Spainhour of Bullitt County will vie in the primary, as will Republicans David Glauber of Bullitt County and Paul Hornback of Shelby County. Hornback, who had announced his candidacy on Nov. 24, said he filed his papers at 11 a.m. Thursday, but his name was not included on the candidate list obtained by The Sentinel-News that afternoon. Incumbent state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) has no opposition for his seat in the 58th district. Two district judgeships are for re-election this year, and so far, three candidates have filed. Linda S. Armstrong of Shelbyville has no opposition in Division I yet, while incumbent Donna Dutton is being challenged by Darby Smith of Simpsonville for the Division II seat, which serves Shelby, Anderson and Spencer Counties. In that race, Smith finished third in the primary election, about 2,000 votes behind winner David Nutgrass, and Dutton, who finished second, overtook Nutgrass in the general election. Circuit Judge and Family Court judge both serve 8-year terms and won’t run again until 2014. Commonwealth Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk are 6-year terms, expiring in 2012.