LOUISA, KY. — Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe reported Tuesday that besides the potentially hard fought Governor’s race between Attorney General Daniel Cameron and incumbent Governor Andy Beshear, local races for city council and District 2 BOE seat abandoned by Heath Preston, could materialize.
“The filing deadline is June 6,” Jobe said. “It used to be in August (deadline) or sixty days before the Fall election, but the legislature moved in back to June for some reason two years ago,” Jobe told The Lazer.
Newly appointed city council members Coty Roe and Keith Chaffin will have to sign up before the JUNE 6, 2023 DEADLINE for the remainder of the unexpired terms of Tom Parsons and Ashley Caudill who both resigned shortly after being re-elected to the council. Jobe said Chaffin has already registered. Any citizen of the city may sign up and run for the offices.
County Clerk Chris Jobe said that BOE Susie Ward Rice, will have to run for the unexpired term of former board member Heath Preston, who resigned earlier this year. Ms. Rice was appointed by the BOE. Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher said she was the only one to apply for the position.
Additionally, a set of petitions demanding a public vote on the Lawrence County BOE’s decision to add a 12.5 cent tax raise on property owners for a $40 million 20 year construction plan, may be run off in the November 7 General Election.
Petition vote nearly certain, Jobe said Tuesday
Jobe said he is nearly finished counting the petitions signed by 1,400 citizens here. The number the petitioners had to meet was 705. He did not say officially that the petition will result in an election, but he indicated he is preparing for a vote.
Petition effort member Cheryl Gowan said her group is not against new schools and other plans, but they feel the public should be allowed to vote on the issue.
The BOE apparently thinks the same thing as they discussed setting up a special election for sometime this Summer at this month’s meeting. Jobe has said this will cost taxpayers an additional $35,000 or more.
Fletcher has informed the BOE and the public that they should consider a special election at next month’s meeting.