Primary field starts to take shape

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Five men have filed for office of Owen County sheriff

By Molly Haines

With less than a week before the filing deadline for the May 20 primary election the Owen County Sheriff’s race is expected to be the most heavily contested race.
As of press time Tuesday, five candidates, including two city policemen, had filed for the office of sheriff.
The five candidates are current Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Owenton City Policeman Steve Miller, Owenton City Policeman Gary Alcorn, Owen County Assistant Fire Chief/City of Owenton Maintenance employee Greg Estes and former law-enforcement officer Kristopher Lang.
Hammond, Alcorn, Estes and Lang each filed as Democrats, with Miller filing as a Republican.
The county’s top-elected office of county judge-executive had three contestants as of press time, including Owenton Mayor Doug West, Owen County Second-District Magistrate Casey Ellis and Fred Evans.
A current Owen County Clerk’s Office deputy, Laurel P. Stivers, as well as a former deputy, Jane O’Banion Blackwell, have filed for the county clerk’s position.
Two others, including Marlene Browning-Wainscott and Kimberly Smith have filed for the clerk’s position.
Owen County Property Valuation Administrator  Jimmy Coyle has filed for re-election.
Owen County’s Fourth-District Magistrate Troy Bramblett, a Republican, has also filed for the office of PVA.
In Owen County’s first magisterial district, Asa Phillips has filed for re-election.
In the second magisterial district, Stuart Bowling and Douglas J. Perkins have filed.
In the third magisterial district, Teresa Davis is seeking re-election, while in the fourth district Lucinda B. Wilhoite, Travis William Fitzgerald, Donald Eugene McDonald and Eric Desha Goodrich are each vying for the seat.
Owen County Attorney Josh Smith and Owen County Jailer Cindy Bruce Walker have both filed to seek re-election for their respective positions and were uncontested as of press time Tuesday.
Bryan L. Roach has filed for re-election as Owen County’s first-district constable, Brian D. Riddle has filed for constable in the second district, while Robert “Bob” Risch and James Charles Skinner have filed for constable in the third district.
As of press time Tuesday no one had filed for constable in the fourth district.
The deadline to file for the May 20 primary election is 4 p.m., Jan. 28.
The public drawing for ballot positions for the primary election is 2 p.m., Jan. 30 at the Owen County Clerk’s Office.