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Decision 2016 | Local Races

10/04/2016 12:54 PM

While most of the attention in the general election is focused on the top of the ticket, the presidential race, and more prominent local races contest for the Kentucky State House and Senate, there will be a handful of other local races on various counties’ ballots across the Commonwealth.

County Officials

1) County Judge Executive: An elected position that serves as the head of the executive branch of government in a county. They serve a four-year term, and may be re-elected indefinitely.

2) Circuit Court Clerk: An elected position that serves a six-year term and is responsible for managing the records of circuit and district courts. There is one elected in each Kentucky county.

3) Magistrate / Justice of Peace: Serves on the Fiscal Court in a county with 3-8 other magistrates. Counties are divided into 3-8 districts and one magistrate is elected from each of those districts within a county. They serve a four-year term.

4) County Commissioner: Serves on the Fiscal Court in a county with two other commissioners. All three county commissioners are elected by a county at large, except for counties that contain a city of the first class (a city that has a population of 100,000 or more). In a city of the first class, the commissioners’ districts are designated A, B, and C. The commissioners from each district run every four years in staggered years.

5) Commonwealth’s Attorney: More commonly known as a district attorney, they are the elected prosecutor of felony crimes. They serve a six-year term.

School Board Member

  • Elected by residents of the school district
  • Composed of five members that serve four-year terms – Jefferson County Public Schools has a board of seven members
  • Terms are staggered
  • No term limits
  • In Kentucky’s 12 largest school districts there are a total of 35 seats on the ballot this November.
  • 11 of those 12 districts have three seats up for election

Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor

  • Each county is represented by a local conservation district, consisting of seven elected supervisors
  • Assist landowners in protecting soil and water quality
  • Cannot hold any other elected office while they are serving on the conservation board
  • They do not collect a salary
  • Serve a four-year term

Those are just a few of the local elections that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 8. For a list of candidates in your county, go to the Secretary of State’s website or contact your local county clerk.


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