ELECTION 2014: Slow start in Shelby in filings for many big races

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Very few candidates file papers on first days

By Todd Martin

The 2014 election slate includes nearly every office locally and statewide, but that lineup is going to take a while to shape up.

Wednesday was the first day that candidates could file papers to declare their candidacy to run for office, and Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said it was pretty quiet in her office.

“We’ve only had four so far,” she said late Wednesday afternoon, not long before the office closed at 4:30 p.m.

The four candidates who filed locally on Wednesday are Mike Armstrong, the Democratic incumbent for Shelby County Sheriff; Bobby Waits, the Democratic incumbent for Jailer; Tom Hardesty, the Democratic incumbent for mayor of Shelbyville; and Mike Miller, a Republican vying for the District 3 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court that Allen Ruble is vacating.

Incumbent magistrates Hubie Pollett, a Democrat serving in District 1, and Republican Bill Hedges (District 4) filed Thursday.

Perry said it’s not unusual for the candidates to trickle into to file.

“It’s not always a big deal to file on the first day they’re accepted,” she said. “It used to be January first, but then they [election officials] moved it to the first day after the election.”

Perry, also a Democratic incumbent, said she plans to use the old deadline.

“I’m going to file, but I don’t want to do it until after January,” she said. “If you do it now, you have to file a form on your campaign finances before the end of the year. I’ll save my fifty dollars until after the first.”

The $50 is the cost to file for a local election.

On the state level, the filing candidates mirrors what’s happening locally, very few candidates have filed papers for races that include Shelby County.

The Secretary of State’s office oversees the election and the filings, and according to its Web site, only 70 candidates have filed for statewide offices, which include State Senators, State Representatives, Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, Circuit Judge, District Judge and Circuit Judge Family Court.

Of those, only two candidates are vying for Shelby County positions, and both are running for Family Court Judge.

Incumbent John David Myles and Susan M. Meschier, both Shelby County residents, have both filed for the 53rd District, 2nd Division seat, a nonpartisan race. Attorney Marie Hellard of Anderson County also has filed her letter of intent to be in this race, which would require a primary in May to determine the final two candidates.

Incumbent Allison Jones has filed a notice that she will run for 6th Appellate District.

One other race does include a Shelby County native.

Jerry T. Miller, a Republican member of the Louisville Metro Council who resides in Eastwood, filed papers on Wednesday for the newly created 36th House district.


2014 Elections

Primary: May 20

General Election:Nov. 4


There are 26 local and statewide elections this year; the races with some incumbents are noted.


U.S. Senator: Mitch McConnell (R)

U.S. House District 4: Thomas Massie (R)

State Senate:Paul Hornback (R)

State House:Brad Montell (R)

State Supreme Court District 6:Michelle Keller

Appellate District 6: Allison Jones

Circuit Judge:Charles Hickman

Family Court Judge:John David Myles

District Judge:Linda Armstrong, Donna Dutton

Shelby County Judge-Executive:Rob Rothenburger (R)

Shelby County Fiscal Court:District 1, Hubert Pollett (D), District 2 Michael Riggs (R), District 3, Allen Ruble (R), District 4, Bill Hedges (R), District 5, Eddie Kingsolver (D), District 6, Tony Carriss (D), District 7, Mike Whitehouse (R)

Shelby County Clerk:Sue Carole Perry (D)

Shelby County Attorney:Hart Megibben (R)

Shelby County Sheriff:Mike Armstrong (D)

Shelby County Jailer:Bobby Waits (D)

Shelby County Coroner:Ron Waldridge Jr. (R)

Shelbyville Mayor:Tom Hardesty (D)

Shelbyville City Council:Bob Andriot (R), Donna Eaton (D), Frank Page (R), Shane Suttor (D), Jon Swindler (R), Mike Zoeller (D)

Simpsonville Mayor:Steve Eden

Simpsonville City Commission:Sharon Cumming, Michael Hesse, Cary Vowels, Vicky Wise

School Board:(2 districts): Doug Butler, Eddie Mathis

Soil Conservation Board:(3 seats): Robert Gravett, Fred Rothenburger, Jana Scott

Constables:District 1, James Tingle (D), District 2, Tim Willard (R), District 3, Bobby Ivers (D), District 4, Donnie Bruner (D), District 5, Bobby Masters (D), District 6, Gary Tindle (D), District 7, Harold Sutton (D)

Judicial, commission and school board races are non-partisan