Statewide candidates will be focus of primary

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By Molly Haines

Owen countians will vote on several state offices in May. But despite rumors that a wet-dry vote could show up on the ballot, no local-option election will be held during the primary.
According to state law, a local-option election cannot be held on the same day that a primary or general election is held.
If the date of the local-option election is not included in the petition for election, it is to be decided by the county judge-executive.
A local-option election cannot be held 30 days prior to a primary or general election or 30 days after.
Only state offices will be on the May 17 primary ballot.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will not have an opponent for the Democratic Party nomination.
Three Republican candidates will run for the nomination for governor, including Kentucky Sen. David L. Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, who currently serves as commissioner of agriculture; Jefferson County Clerk Barbara “Bobbie” Holsclaw, whose running mate is Bill Vermillion Jr., a retired Navy officer and a Jefferson County teacher; and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, who is running with State Rep. Mike Harmon of Danville.
Incumbent Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker, will have an opponent in the Democratic primary – Alison Grimes.
Two candidates will run for the Republican nomination — Hilda Legg and Bill Johnson.
Crit Luallen, Kentucky’s Democrat Auditor of Public Accounts, will not be opposed in the Democratic primary, but two republicans, Addia Wuchner and John T. Kemper III, will run for a nomination.
Incumbent Democrat State Treasurer L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach’s opposition will be Steve Hamrick. No Republicans filed for state treasurer.
Five Democrats will run for commissioner of agriculture, including David Williams, B.D. Wilson, Robert “Bob” Farmer, Stewart Gritton and John Lackey.
Two Republicans — Rob Rothenburger and James R. Comer — will face each other in the May primary for the nomination.
As of Tuesday, a wet-dry petition had not been filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
According to state law, if 901 verified signatures are acquired and the petition is filed at the county clerk’s office, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith will direct an election to be held.
If the petition is filed, all signatures will be verified by Keith, who may request the help of Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid.