The deadline to file candidacy papers for the state’s primary elections passed on Jan. 10 and the candidates that will appear on Johnson County’s ballots in the Kentucky primary election on May 19 are now known.

Johnson County’s ballots will include candidates for the U.S. Senate as well as the U.S. House of Representatives in District 5, Kentucky Supreme Court Dist. 7, and state representative for House District 97.

According to Johnson County Clerk Sallee Holbrook, the only person that will be on the primary ballot who filed for office locally was Democrat Bruce Ritz, who is running for Constable in District 2.

Those who filed for legislative offices representing Johnson County include the following:

The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky will be represented by Republicans Nicholas Alsager, Wendell K. Crow, Paul John Frangedakis, Louis Grider, Naren James, Kenneth Lowndes, Incumbent Mitch McConnell and C. Wesley Morgan as well as Democrats Jimmy C. Ausbrooks, Charles Booker, Mike Broihier, Maggie Jo Hilliard, Andrew J. Maynard, Amy McGrath, Eric Rothmuller, John R. Sharpensteen, Bennie J. Smith and Mary Ann Tobin.

Those running for a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives for District 5 include Republicans

Harold “Hal” Rogers (Incumbent) and Gerardo Serrano as well as Democrat Matthew Ryan Best.

Candidates for State House of Representatives of District 97 include Republican Bobby McCool and Democrat Will Hurst.

On the primary ballot for Supreme Court Justice of District 7 will be Nonpartisans Sam Wright, Chris Harris and Robert B. Conley.

The deadline for registering to vote in the primary election is April 20. Voters in the primary election may cast their ballots for candidates within the political party they are registered as well as nonpartisan candidates.

For more information on Kentucky’s primary election, visit,

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