Darren Doyle, story:
Governor Andy Beshear appointed democrat Charlie Tarter as Edmonson County District 3 Magistrate on July 24th to fill the vacant seat left by the passing of republican Magistrate Clark Wood in March of 2020; however, Tarter must be elected in November in order to keep the position.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussed the scenario at today's Edmonson Count Fiscal Court meeting. He said that the law states that in a situation where an elected office has an appointment from the Governor in a situation of a death, there is a 90-day window where that appointment stands until the next election cycle for that office. In Edmonson County, that election would be November of 2022. Since Tarter was appointed after that period, a special election for magistrate in District 3 must be held in November, despite the fact there will be no other county offices on the ballot.
Alexander further stated that the election will be write-in only; however, not just any name will be counted. One wishing to run for this office must file at the County Clerk's Office by October 23, 2020, even though it's a write-in election. Currently, three candidates (all republicans) have filed to run. They are: Billy Joe Honeycutt, Faron Lindsey, and Terry Joe Hennion.