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January 15, 2014

Magistrate files for judge/executive

RICHMOND — Fiscal Court Magistrate Billy Ray Hughes filed Tuesday as the fifth Republican seeking election this year as Madison County judge/executive.

He is the second magistrate to file for the top spot on the fiscal court. Magistrate Greg King, another Republican, filed in December.

Hughes and King will face business owner Reagan Taylor, county Planning and Building Codes Administrator Duane Curry and Madison County Schools mechanic Jonathon Thompson in the Republican primary May 20.

Incumbent Kent Clark and Wayne Renfro are the only two Democrats who have filed for the position.

Hughes is plant manager at GR Spring and Stamping. He completed his master’s in business administration at Eastern Kentucky University in 2012, according to a statement he released Tuesday.

He is in his third term as a Madison County magistrate.

Richmond City Commission

A former member of the Richmond City Commission and another who ran in the past two commission races are seeking election.

Richard Thomas and Bobby Johns both filed in the past week.

Thomas served one term on the city commission, losing a re-election bid in 2012. He currently serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission, a position he held before his term on the city’s governing board.

This will be the third time Bobby Johns has run for city commission. He is a Realtor in Richmond who worked for IBM/Lexmark prior to retirement.

Incumbents Jim Newby and Donna Baird have filed for re-election. Commissioner Laura King is running for mayor against incumbent Jim Barnes.

Commissioner Robert Blythe has not yet filed for re-election.

Madison County School Board

Two spots on the five-person Madison County School Board are up for election this year.

Districts 3 and 4, represented by Mona Isaacs and Mary Renfro, respectively, are the two board positions that will be decided in the fall. No one yet has filed in the nonpartisan races.

Renfro won election in 2012 to fill the remaining two years of board member Doug Whitlock’s term after he resigned.

School board terms are for four years.

State races

So far only incumbents have filed in Madison County’s three current House districts, but races in the two districts added to the Madison County during the recent legislative redistricting, are already contested.

Rita Smart, D-Richmond, who represents all of Richmond and a corridor reaching south along Interstate 75 and US 25 to take in two Berea precincts, has filed for a third term in the 81st District.

Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, has filed for re-election to the 71st District. Redistricting has changed his area of representation to all of Garrard and Rockcastle counties, plus the western section of Madison County.

Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester, is seeking a third term in the 73rd District. Her current area includes Clark County and a portion of northern Madison County. Redistricting, however, has moved her area of representation toward the east in Madison County.

The other districts, the 89th and 91st, reach into Madison County with redistricting.

The 89th District includes the south and southwestern portions of Madison County, all of Jackson County and northern Laurel County.

Incumbent Marie Rader, R-McKee, has not yet filed for re-election.

Democrat Joey Jayson Taylor II of East Bernstadt and Republicans Michael Bryant of London and Gerardo Serrano of Tyner have all filed for election in the 89th District.

The 91st District includes a small piece of eastern Madison County along Irvine Road plus all of Estill, Lee, Owsley and Breathitt counties.

Incumbent Gary “Toby” Herald, R-Beattyville, has filed for re-election. Two Democrats, Cluster Howard of Jackson and Arch Johnson Jr. of Booneville also have entered the race.

State Sen. Jared Carpenter’s district, the 34th, still represents all of Madison County, but a portion of southern Fayette County has been added with the redistricting.

Carpenter has not yet filed for re-election, according to the Kentucky secretary of state’s website. Democrat Michael S. Cope of Richmond, who ran for the seat four years ago, has filed.

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