The filing period for candidates in next year’s elections begins Wednesday in Kentucky, and a near-record number of filings is expected.
Secretary of State’s spokesperson Les Fugate says his office has received an exceptionally high number of phone calls and letters from Kentuckians who are interested in running for office next year.
“On both sides of the political aisle, people seem to be more engaged, particularly with the issues that are going on in Washington currently,” he says. “The other big issue is the economy, and a lot of the races that are on the ballot this time are races that can hire individuals, and so there are a lot of jobs at stake for the person who wins.”
Fugate says the high interest is compounded by the fact that mid-term election years like 2006 and 2010 have more local elections and are typically busier years for filings than Presidential election years. But while Fugate expects thousands of filings, but he doesn’t think this year’s registrations will exceed the record set in 2006.
Depending on the office being sought, filings can be sent to the Secretary of State or the local county clerk through January 26.