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Deadlines loom for potential candidates

By Molly Haines

With the Owen County primary election only months away, Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid is looking toward the future of voters and candidates.

Two county offices up for election require a test to be taken and passed before filing to run for the position.

The property valuation administrator’s test will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Eagle Lake Convention Center, 1000 Eagle Lake Drive in Lawrenceburg.

Registration will be conducted at the site. The doors to the examination room will open approximately 30 minutes before the exam begins to allow enough time to complete registration.

Those who take the examination will be able to find out whether or not they passed within three days of the exam on the Department of Revenue Web site, http://revenue.ky.gov.

A certificate of qualification will be issued to each passing candidate and must be shown to the county clerk when filing for office.

Those interested in running for circuit clerk must also take and pass an exam before filing for office.

Pre-registration is required for taking the exam and pre-registration forms can be picked up at the county clerk’s office.

The pre-registration form must be completed and received by Friday. Those who wish to take the exam can mail or hand deliver their pre-registration forms to Exam Supervisor, Office of General Counsel, Administrative Office of the Courts, 100 Millcreek Park, Frankfort, Ky. 40601.

The exam will be held Dec. 12.

Offices that are up for election and do not require an exam are county judge, county clerk, county attorney, sheriff, jailer, coroner, surveyor, justices of the peace (magistrates), constables, and soil and water conservation supervisor.

Kincaid said Wednesday, Nov. 4, is the first day to file for candidacy, unless they are filing for an office that requires examination.

“Those who have to take the exams can go ahead and come in to get their packets to fill out,” Kincaid said. “They just can’t file until I receive the results of their exam.”

The last day to file for candidacy is Jan. 26, 2010, at approximately 4 p.m.

A public drawing for positions on the ballot will be held at approximately 2 p.m. Jan. 28.

Dec. 31 is the last day for registered voters to change parties, and April 19, 2010, is the last day for new voter registration.

The primary election will be held May 18, 2010.