Maysville business owner Charles Cotterill has filed for the office of mayor, officials with the Mason County Clerk's office said Wednesday.
Although he has yet to file, current Mayor David Cartmell said he plans to run for office again in 2018. He said he traditionally files around Christmas time.
Cotterill has recently voiced concerns at city commission meetings over a proposal to adopt an ordinance requiring pawn shops to keep a record of items bought and to report those items to an on-line database. Cotterill's shop in downtown Maysville deals in antiques and precious metals.
Cartmell is currently in his 20th year as mayor.
The Maysville mayor's race is a nonpartisan race.
Others who have filed for Mason County offices include current Sheriff Patrick Boggs and current Circuit Clerk Kirk Tolle.
Judge Jeff Schumacher who announced his candidacy Monday for re-election as judge of the 19th Judicial District will be opposed on the ballot by Flemingsburg attorney Kim Lee Razor.
Razor is a law partner in the firm MacDonald, Walton and Razor and has 30 years experience in the legal field. She is a graduate of Fleming County High Schoo, Morehead State University and University of Tennessee College of Law. She is married to Mike Razor of Lewsiburg.
Bob Tribby will serve as Razor's campaign chair.
Schumacher was appointed to the bench in May by Kentucky Governor Matthew Bevin to fill the unexpired judicial term following the death of Judge Frank H. McCartney.
The 2018 ballot will feature Kentucky's six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives and seats in even districts in the Kentucky Senate. The judicial slate includes the Kentucky Supreme Court's third district, Kentucky's District Judges, and all Commonwealth's Attorneys and Circuit Court Clerks. On the local level, all county officers will be up for election along with city legislative bodies and mayors of some cities.
The deadline for filing for offices that may have a primary is 4 p.m. local time on January 30, 2018. Independent, political group or political organization candidates for offices that require a statement of candidacy must file by 4 p.m. local time on April 2, 2018.
Kentucky's primary election is May 22