Candidates File to Run for Office in Barren County

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BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) --There will be some familiar names on the Barren County Ballot next November along with some new ones. Barren County Sheriff Kent Keen was nominated to fill the vacant position earlier this year, and he says the community has convinced him he should run to keep his position.

"It's community support and people saying we're glad you're Sheriff. We'd encourage you to go on and run for Sheriff, so to me, it was a very positive reflection of people coming up yo me and saying encouraging words," said Barren County Sheriff Kent Keen.

One man's experience working to have stop signs added to an intersection near his home led him to run for Barren County Magistrate for the first time.

"I worked hard to get them put in, and I decided I met so many nice people trying to get them put in, I decided it was time for me to give them something back, and alot of people asked me to run for magistrate, so here I am," said Barren County Magistrate John "Dickie" Barrick.

Gary Gillon could not be reached for an interview, but also filed for re-election for magistrate today. Another first time candidate for Barren County Judge Executive says his work ethic and appeal to the young will help him win.

"I've had alot of younger people that I feel are more interested in the decision making process that's going to effect them and their lives, so they're going to get out there and try to get me votes, and I'm going to talk to people, and mainly I'm just going to open my ears up and keep my mouth shut and listen to what the people want," said Brian Scott Taylor.

There's still plenty of time for candidates to file. They have until January 28 at 4p.m.

For an up to date list of candidates who have filed in Barren County or where you live, visit visit the Secretary of State's website below, or call your local county clerk's office.

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