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  • Chad Hobbs

Meade County's 2024 ballot starting to come into focus

This November's general election will have a national focus on the presidential race, but here locally, in Meade County, there will be other decisions to make as well, namely the state senator and representative races. Though potential candidates still have one day to file for races before the January 5 deadline, the fields are starting to take shape, barring any last-minute additions.

In the 27th District House of Representative race (Meade County's district), the field currently stands at two — Republican incumbent Nancy Tate, of Brandenburg, and Democrat challenger Tyler Chapman, of Ekron. There have been rumblings of a possible Republican primary challenger to Tate, but so far that has yet to manifest into anything more than rumor.

In the 5th District Senate race (which includes Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Ohio and Butler Counties), Republican incumbent Steve Meredith, of Leitchfield, faces at least one primary challenger in Thomas Ballinger, of Jetson, Democrat Jamie Skudlarek, of Cromwell.

Meade County will also vote for a U.S. House of Representative candidate in a field that so far includes Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie, of Bowling Green, and two Democratic challengers in Hank Linderman, of Falls of the Rough, and William Dakota Compton, of Bowling Green.

Residents of the City of Brandenburg will also have a special election to decide who will be their mayor for the next two years. After just serving just one year of his four-year term, former Mayor Bryan Claycomb decided to resign this past December due to unforeseen family medical issues. Former Mayor David Pace was appointed to take over for Claycomb and was sworn in prior to taking over as Mayor of Brandenburg on January 1 of this year until this November's general election. At that time, citizens will vote to select a mayor to finish the remaining two years of Claycomb's term. Neither Pace nor anyone else has filed for that race yet, as it does not have a primary or fall under the January 5 filing deadline that the aforementioned races do.

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