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Primary deadline passes with 40 seeking Owen County offices

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By Molly Haines

With the deadline to file for candidacy in the May primary passed, over three dozen Owen countians have filed for office including nine men seeking to wear the badge of Owen County sheriff.
The most heavily contested of all offices up for election, the sheriff’s race will include five Democrats and four Republicans.
The candidates include incumbent sheriff Zemer Hammond, Owenton Police Narcotics Investigator Steve Miller, Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn, City of Owenton maintenance employee and Owen County Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Estes, former law-enforcement officer Kristopher Lang, Mark Cochran, former Kentucky state policeman Mark Bess, Richard D. “Rick” Poe. Sr. and Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Osborne.
Three Democrats and one Republican will vie for the county’s top-elected position of county judge-executive.
The candidates include Democrats Owenton Mayor Doug West, second-district magistrate Casey Ellis, Fred Evans and Republican Gary W. Minch, who ran for first district magistrate in 2010.
Although the election is still several months away, the Owen County Visioneers will host a “Meet Your Candidates” reception Feb. 13.
Owen County Visioneer David Morgan said the event will be very informal but will give citizens a chance to share concerns with candidates early in the political season.
“We thought this would give people a chance to get to know their candidates,” Morgan said. “We did the candidate forum in 2010 and it went over really well but this will give people some initial contact with the candidates.”
Morgan said the Visioneers are planning a candidate forum for later in the political season.
“The election sets our leaders. They’re the future of Owen County,” Morgan said. “If people have concerns this is the time to walk up and let them know and it’ll give candidates the opportunity to learn what the citizens are thinking.”
The Meet Your Candidates reception will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at the Owen County Extension Office.