LAWRENCE COUNTY — Louisa resident Will Skaggs, 23, responded to the events leading up to his being disqualified by the circuit court for a campaign for Lawrence County coroner in the ’22 primary election this year BECAUSE HE WAS TOO YOUNG…
Skaggs issued the following statement today.
TO THE PEOPLE OF LAWRENCE COUNTY:
As I have learned, I am the loser in the case brought against me by Wesley Heston. He will be the coroner for Lawrence County for the next four years, beginning on January 1, 2023.
First, I want to congratulate Wesley’s circuit court victory.
To my supporters, I want to thank you for your kind words and support.
I should tell everyone my story, why I chose to run for the coroner’s office, and why I registered as a candidate for this office. Contrary to what you may have heard, I researched the qualifications for the office.
To find the qualifications for the office, I went to the best possible place I knew to go; the Kentucky Criminal Justice Training System for Kentucky Coroners, located at Eastern Kentucky State University. This school provides legal education for all coroners and police departments in Kentucky except Lexington and Louisville. The Kentucky State Police have a seperate training facility.
Entering this site, I found that a person must have a high school education and be 21 years of age for a coroner and the assistant coroner to receive the required education. Having found I qualified, I filled out my application with the Lawrence County Clerk and paid my registration fee. The Kentucky Secretary of State accepted my registration. Next, the County Clerk’s office notified me of the drawing for the ballot position, which I attended.
I purchased my signs and cards and commenced seeing people, telling them I was a candidate for the coroner position.
Then, almost 4-months later, I find myself in Circuit Court being sued. I had never been in any court. That is when I saw in the Complaint that the age of 24 years is required to be the coroner. Already in the fight, I decided to attempt to at least be a primary candidate, which would have occurred if both of us had not been of the same political party.
Here is a scanned copy of the provisions I relied upon.
Had I known that I did not qualify age-wise, I would have never attempted to be a candidate. A most remarkable happening occurred after Wesley filed suit; the Kentucky Criminal Justice site changed the coroner’s age to 24.
So, I can only tell you, I will see you in four years. I apologize and am so sorry for being misled.