UPDATE: The Paducah Sun is reporting incumbent McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry has decided not to run for re-election. Newberry recently changed his party to Independent and had until 4:00 this afternoon to file his paperwork to seek a third term. Yesterday, retiring district 2 State Senator Bob Leeper filed his paperwork to seek the Judge Executive post.
In a statement printed in the Sun Newberry said:
I am proud of my hard work and accomplishments over the last eight years.... I applaud anyone who is willing to step up and take on the task of the county judge-executive. It is not an easy job! If you do this job right, 50-60 hour weeks are much more common than 40 hour weeks. This job requires a huge commitment and will take time away from your family and friends. So, I wish the best of luck to whoever is in this position on January 1, 2015.
Newberry, who is facing felony charges related to changes to a zoning map, said he will be acquitted of those charges when he goes to trial.
ORIGINAL STORY: Outgoing 2nd District state Sen. Bob Leeper has officially filed to run for McCracken County Judge-Executive this fall.