Elections coming up soon


There are several elections coming up this year, with a special election in Benham coming up on July 26 and a general election on Nov. 8 with several offices on the ballot.

According to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins, the special election to allow alcohol by the drink is for the city of Benham only.

In a previous report, Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley explained the Benham special election will only impact sales of alcohol by the drink at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn.

“It is not a wet/dry vote, and it’s not a moist vote,” Mosley explained. “It is strictly for qualified historic sights. To my understanding, the citizens that started this did so in hopes that it would give the Benham Inn another revenue option.”

Hoskins urged residents of the city of Benham to participate in the July 26 election.

“The next election is the general election on November 8,” Hoskins said. “That will include the president, the federal offices, the state and U.S. representatives, our local school boards – there are three races for school board in the county and two in the city – all city councils will be on that ballot as well as one unexpired term for mayor in Cumberland and the unexpired term for the Harlan County District Judge.”

Hoskins explained Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to file to run in the Nov. 8 election. In order to run for district judge, qualified persons must file in Frankfort by 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. Those wishing to run for the local offices on the ballot – city councils, school boards and the mayor’s office in Cumberland – must file at the Harlan County Clerk’s Office.

“To register to vote in the November election, the books will close around Oct. 6 or Oct. 7,” Hoskins said.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

Benham alcohol vote slated on July 26

By Joe P. Asher

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