Aug. 12 last day to be included on ballot

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By Lorrie Kinkade


The Trimble Banner

With only two weeks remaining to register for the November election, several commission seats and three school board positions still lack candidates.

When Trimble County registered voters head to the polls Nov. 4, they will not only help decide who will be the next president of the United States, but they will also select four Milton city commissioners, three school board members and a Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor. But as of July 24, only three residents have thrown their hats into the ring for any of the races.

Barry Joyce of Leesport Road in Milton and Gary Johnson of Morton Ridge Road in Bedford will have their names on the ballot for conservation supervisor. The conservation officers are responsible for implementing federal and state programs on the local level, according to the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s website. The local position entails carrying out and overseeing district programs including soil conservation, flood prevention and water management.

Incumbent Steve Brierly is the only Milton resident thus far to be included on the ballot for commissioner. Four commissioners will be seated in this election, to begin terms in January 2009.

Candidates for commissioner must be at least 24-years-old and a resident of the state for two years preceding the election. Eligible candidates must live in Trimble County and the Milton district for one year prior to the election, as well.

School board members Kim Temple, district 1, J.W. Sachleben, district 4, and Scott Burrows, district 5, have yet to file for re-election, nor have any challengers for their seats. District one encompasses North and West Milton precincts, as well as Leesport. District 4 voters visit the polls at Palmyra, Antioch and Providence, while district 5 candidates may include residents living in the East Bedford and Burrows voting districts.

Candidates for school board mist be at least 24-years-old, a citizen of Kentucky for at least three years prior to the election and a voter in the represented district. A high school diploma or GED is also required. Candidates may not hold civil or political office within the county or have a business relationship with the school system.

To file candidacy for school board or commissioner in the upcoming election, a petition signed by two local registered voters must be signed and submitted to Clerk Jerry Powell, along with a $20 filing fee, no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 12.

Conservation district candidates must have a petition signed by 25 Trimble County registered voters and submit a $20 filing fee prior to Aug. 12.

For more information on filing candidacy papers, contact Powell at (502) 255-7174.