All four incumbents running for re-election on the Madison County Board of Education are facing opposition, and 13 Bereans are vying for eight seats on the city council.
The filing deadline for nonpartisan races in the upcoming Nov. 6 election was 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9, according to County Clerk Kenny Barger.
In District 1 for the Madison County School Board, incumbent John Lackey is facing off against retired Madison Southern High School drama teacher Kathie J.R. Bettler.
In District 2, Jimmy Allen, Greg Mayo, Jerry Goble and Bill Phillips are running against incumbent Becky Coyle.
District 4 has Christopher Hager running against Mary J. Renfro. Hager was appointed to the board this year to finish Doug Whitlock's term after he resigned.
Finally, District 5 has another recent school board appointee, Beth Brock, running against Robert Stephens and Debbie Secchio, one of the leading members of the Madison County Tax Watch group.
Berea Independent Board of Education only had two filings for two open positions. Both people who filed, Van Gravitt and Will Bondurant, already serve on the board.
All eight Berea City Council positions are up for re-election, and seven of the incumbents – Ronnie Terrill, Dianne Kerby, Jerry Little, Richard Bellando, Billy Wagers, Violet “Vi” Farmer and Virgil Burnside – are running for re-election. The eighth council member, Truman Fields, did not file.
The other six people running for Berea City Council are Brandon Rutherford, Robert “P.nut” Johnson, Chester Powell, Jerry A. Knowles, Jim Lucas and Chad Hembree.
Four people filed to run for three open positions as Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor. They are Michael B. Clarke, Tom Hendricks, Wesley W. Williams and Robert G. Harned.
Each county in the state has a local conservation district made up of seven elected supervisors, according to the Kentucky Division of Conservation’s website.
“These conservation districts assist the landowners in each county with creating and implementing practices to protect the soil and water quality,” the website states.
Soil and Water district supervisors serve four-year terms and do not receive a salary, but they may get reimbursement or be paid per diem for expenses related to their job duties.
Also in nonpartisan races, city voters will decide the Richmond City Commission Nov. 6. In the May primary, the top eight of 14 candidates were decided. Those eight will run against each other for the four council positions.
The eight top vote-getters in May (in order of most votes) were Laura Durham Morgan, Robert Blythe, Donna Baird, Don Jaynes, Jason Morgan, Richard Thomas, Bobby Johns and Jim Newby.
Jason Morgan, Blythe, Baird and Thomas currently serve on the Richmond City Commission.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.
Final filings in Madison County nonpartisan races
Madison County School Board
* John Lackey, 70
Kathie J. R. Bettler, 61
Jimmy Allen, 65
Greg Mayo, 37
Jerry Goble, 43
Bill Phillips, 58
* Becky Coyle, 48
* Christopher Hager, 45
Mary Jo Renfro, 49
Robert Stephens, 63
* Beth Brock, 45
Debbie Secchio, 55
Berea Independent School Board
* Van Gravitt, 62
* Will Bondurant, 74
Berea City Council
Brandon Rutherford, 35
* Ronnie Terrill, 65
Robert “P.nut” Johnson, 73
Chester Powell, 64
* Dianne Kerby, 60
* Jerry Little, 65
* Richard Bellando, 74
Jerry A. Knowles, 51
* Billy Wagers, 66
* Violet “Vi” Farmer, 77
Jim Lucas, 68
* Virgil Burnside, 61
Chad Hembree, 37
Water Conservation District Supervisor
Michael B. Clarke, 56
Tom Hendricks, 64
Wesley W. Williams, 59
Robert G. Harned, 52