LOUISA, KY. — Lawrence County is one of the many communities heavily influenced by the Obama disaster and the rise of Trump. The county has gone from a heavily Democrat registered place to what is now red, red, red.
And the registration for candidates for county offices reflects the change with only two Democrats registered to even run for office. many of the most coveted offices are unopposed and filled by republicans and two ‘scardy cat’ democrats switched parties to avoid being swallowed in the trend.
One term sheriff Chuck Jackson has apparently done a great job as he is one of tf not the only sheriff in recent county hustiry with no opposition in either party.
Besides the race for the GOP nomination for judge/executive between incumbent Phillip Carter and school board chairman Heath Preston, most of the potentially hot races are “down ballot” offices.
The Coroner’s contest between incumbent Wesley Heston and newcomer Will Skaggs for the GOP nomination could be a good one as the one between incumbent Co. Surveyor Mike Shapaka and newly converted Republican Cliff West.
Perhaps the hardest to predict is the county attorney’s race that has incumbent (sort of) Brad Derifield, a veteran of former County Attorney Mike Hogan’s office and currently serving as the interim county attorney, and newcomer Johnny Osborne, who also worked in Hogan’s office for a time.
The state senator’s race is not scheduled for this year and the state representative’s position is up in the air according the Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe.
“According to the vote by the legislature we will go back to the old 100th district which includes south Ashland and Catlettsburg and all of Lawrence County,” Jobe said yesterday. “But the Democrats have filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the process and delay it (Primary registration) until March and have the election in August.”
Jobe said the apparent representative for Lawrence County is current 100th District Rep. Scott Sharpe who attended the January Fiscal County meeting and introduced himself as the new rep for Lawrence County.
Here is what’s up with the 2022 Primary election:
Chuck T. Jackson (R) Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent)
Phillip L. Carter (R) Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent) D. Heath Preston (R) 11-08-21
William Spradlin (D) Filed 01-4-22
Roger Lee Jordan (R) 11-08-21 (Incumbent)
Chris Jobe (R) Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent)
Chris Rose (R) 11-18-21 (Incumbent)
Brad Derifield (R) Filed 11-03-21
Johnny W. Osborne (R) 12-17-21
J. Michael Shapaka Jr (R) Filed 11-22-21(Incumbent)
Cliff West (R) Filed 01-05-22
Will Skaggs (R) Filed 11-04-21
Wesley Heston (R) 11-16-21 (Incumbent)
Magistrate Dist 1
Michael (Mouse) Halcomb (R) Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent)
Terry Webb (D) Filed 01-14-22
Magistrate Dist 2
John Scaggs(R)Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent)
Lee Peters (R) Filed 01-04-22
Magistrate Dist 3
David Pinson (R) Filed 11-03-21 (Incumbent)
Earl Boggs Jr (R) Filed 12-15-21
Willis Michael Chafins (R) Filed 01-24-22
Magistrate Dist 4
Rick Blackburn(R) Filed 11-03-21(Incumbent)
Constable Dist 1
Charles May (R) Filed 01-06-22
Eugene Workman (R) Filed 1-24-22
Constable Dist 2
Marcus Bowen (R) Filed 11-04-21
Sam Muncy (R) Filed 11-24-21
William “Sonny” Mynhier (R) 12-03-21 (Incumbent)
Constable Dist 3
Jeff McCarty (R) Filed 12-28-21
Constable Dist 4
James “Woody” Thomas (R) Filed 12-10-21