Six days remain for candidates to enter nonpartisan races for Madison County School Board, Berea Independent School Board and Berea City Council in the Nov. 6 election.
As of Monday afternoon, six people had filed candidacy paperwork for Madison County School Board, six people for Berea City Council and two people for Water Conservation District supervisor positions.
No one had filed yet for the two Berea Independent School Board positions that are up for election, according to Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger.
Filing paperwork can be picked up at the county clerk’s office in the Madison County Courthouse. The completed forms must be turned in at the clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, which is the filing deadline statewide.
Four of the five Madison County School Board district positions are up for election this year. Christopher Hager, District 4, and Beth Brock, District 5, both recent appointees to fill unexpired terms, have filed their candidacy papers. Hager is unopposed so far, but Brock faces Robert Stephens, 63, in her district.
Incumbent John Lackey is unopposed so far in District 1, and two people have filed for District 2 — Jimmy Allen, 65, and Greg Mayo, 37. Becky Coyle is the incumbent in that district.
People interested in serving on either the Madison County School Board or the Berea Independent School Board must get signatures from two registered voters in their district and pay a filing fee of $20.
All eight spots on the Berea City Council are up for election. So far, six people have filed, including three incumbents — Ronnie Terrill, Dianne Kerby and Jerry Little. The other three candidates are Brandon Rutherford, 35, Robert “P.nut” Johnson, 73, and former council member Chester Powell, 64.
The filing fee for Berea City Council is $50, and candidates must turn in two signatures of registered voters in the city with their paperwork.
Two people have filed for water conservation district supervisor positions, Michael B. Clarke, 56, of Richmond, and Tom Hendricks, 64, of Berea.
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.
This year, three of the district’s board positions are up for election. If only three people file for the spots by Tuesday’s deadline, the county clerk will certify them as elected. If less than three file, voters will have a chance to write in a candidate.
If more than three file, the names will be on the ballot for the public to decide.
Water District supervisors serve four-year terms and do not receive a salary.
However, they can be reimbursed for expenses or can be paid a per diem for going to meetings or performing other duties of the position, according the conservation division’s website.
In order to run for water district supervisor, candidates must pay a $20 filing fee and collect 25 signatures of registered voters in their district.
Nonpartisan race filings as of Aug. 7
* John Lackey, 70
Jimmy Allen, 65
Greg Mayo, 37
* Christopher Hager, 45
Robert Stephens, 63
* Beth Brock, 45
Berea City Council
Brandon Rutherford, 35
* Ronnie Terrill, 65
Robert “P.nut” Johnson, 73
Chester Powell, 64
* Dianne Kerby, 60
* Jerry Little, 65
Michael B. Clarke, 56
Tom Hendricks, 64