Steele lone candidate thus far for May election

Staff Report

September 25, 2013

The official date to file to seek one of the local offices open in the May 2014 Primary Election doesn’t officially arrive until Nov. 6.

One local candidate, however, has made his intention known to seek reelection as Bell County Coroner thus far by filing paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Coroner Jay Steele submitted paperwork which allows him to receive and expend money for his campaign.

According to the latest report on expenditures on file with the agency, Steele has spent none of the $3,000 in receipts listed.

Meanwhile in neighboring Harlan County, the number of candidates prefiling with the registry is much higher where 12 candidates for various offices have let their intent to run for office be known.

The offices of sheriff and jailer appear to have the most interest in Harlan County. Three made their intentions known in the sheriff’s race, while five have indicated they are running in the jailer’s race.

Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins said she is seeing “quite a bit of interest” in the upcoming election for several reasons, but indicated it appears to be predominantly a result of the state of the economy.

Hoskins told the Harlan Daily Enterprise that candidates can file in her office from the time she opens on Nov. 6 through 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. Paperwork cannot be dated prior to Nov. 6, she said.

Hoskins explained candidates filing their intent with the registry of election finance can start campaigning, raise funds for their campaign and spend on campaign related materials, such as advertising.

Candidates who take advantage of starting their campaigns early are required to file periodic expense reports with the registry of election finance.