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2022 Primary: County Candidate Stats

The 2022 Kentucky primary election will be held on May 17. There are a total of 2,058 county candidates on the primary ballot this year.

This year, most county elected offices are on the ballot, including the following offices:

  • County Judge/Executives
  • Magistrates/Commissioners
  • Jailers
  • Sheriffs
  • Coroners
  • County Attorneys
  • County Clerks
  • Property Valuation Administrators

Two other county elected offices – Commonwealth’s Attorneys1 and Circuit Court Clerks – are each elected to six year terms and will next be on the ballot in 2024.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Kentucky is one of only nine states with a closed primary. In general, in a closed primary state, a voter seeking to vote in a closed primary must first be a registered party member. Read more about state primary election types here.

County Candidate Stats

There are a total of 2,058 county candidates that KACo is tracking on the primary ballot this year. In Kentucky, unopposed primary candidates do not appear on the primary ballot.

Office Title

The office of Magistrate/Commissioner has the most candidates on the primary ballot with a total of 1,143 candidates followed by Sheriff with 228 candidates and Judge/Executive 227 candidates.

Political Party

Of the 2,058 candidates on the primary ballot, 78 percent – or 1,598 candidates – are Republican Party candidates and 22 percent are Democratic Party candidates.

In 57 counties, there are no Democratic Party candidates. In six counties, there are no Republican Party candidates. Note that there may be Democratic Party or Republican Party candidates in these counties on the General Election ballot in November – these statistics show only that there are no opposition candidates on the primary ballot.  

County Breakdown

The number of primary candidates for county elected offices varies widely by county, from only two candidates in Henderson County and Mason County to more than 40 candidates in Breathitt County (43) and Clay County (46).

 

Number of county candidates on the 2022 primary ballot by office and political party

Office Total  Democrat Republican
Magistrate/Commissioner 1,143 272 871
Sheriff 228 44 184
Judge/Executive 227 44 183
Jailer 177 29 148
County Clerk 111 27 84
Property Valuation Administrator 75 18 57
Coroner 60 15 45
County Attorney 37 11 26
Total 2,058 460 1,598

 

Number of county candidates on the 2022 primary ballot by county and office 

County Magistrate & Commissioner Sheriff

Judge/Executive

Jailer County Clerk PVA Coroner County Attorney Total
Adair 11 - 3 - - - - - 14
Allen 2 3 - 4 - - - - 9
Anderson 13 2 2 - 2 - 2 2 23
Ballard 11 2 - 2 4 - - - 19
Barren 24 3 - 3 - - - - 30
Bath 5 2 5 - 2 - - - 14
Bell 16 3 2 2 3 2 - - 28
Boone 2 - 2 - - 2 - - 6
Bourbon 13 2 - - 3 - 2 - 20
Boyd 5 2 - - - - - - 7
Boyle 6 - - - - - - - 6
Bracken 13 2 2 - 2 - - - 19
Breathitt 23 3 7 2 2 2 2 2 43
Breckinridge 12 2 4 - - - - 2 20
Bullitt 12 5 2 8 - 3 - 2 32
Butler 6 - 2 6 - 5 - - 19
Caldwell 11 10 - 3 3 - 2 - 29
Calloway 6 2 3 - - - - - 11
Campbell 2 - 2 3 - - - - 7
Carlisle 7 - - - - - - - 7
Carroll 8 - 2 4 - - 2 - 16
Carter 14 - 7 4 - - - - 25
Casey 11 2 3 4 - - - - 20
Christian 6 2 4 - 2 - - - 14
Clark 13 - 5 - 3 - - - 21
Clay 28 4 4 3 2 - 3 2 46
Clinton 21 3 5 6 2 - 2 - 39
Crittenden 12 5 - 3 3 3 - - 26
Cumberland 12 7 2 2 3 - - 2 28
Daviess 15 2 3 - 2 2 - - 24
Edmonson 9 3 2 2 - - - 2 18
Elliott 7 - - - 2 2 - 2 13
Estill 5 3 5 2 - - - - 15
Fayette - 2 6 - - - - 2 10
Fleming 10 - 2 2 - 2 - - 16
Floyd 13 4 - 4 - 2 - - 23
Franklin 11 - 3 2 - - - - 16
Fulton 4 2 - - - - 2 - 8
Gallatin 2 4 - - - 2 - - 8
Garrard 13 3 2 - - - - - 18
Grant - 2 - - - 2 - - 4
Graves 4 - - 2 - - 2 - 8
Grayson 6 - - - - - 3 2 11
Green 6 4 2 3 - 2 - - 17
Greenup 8 2 - 2 2 - - - 14
Hancock 4 - - - - - - - 4
Hardin 17 - 2 - - - - - 19
Harlan 21 2 3 4 4 2 4 - 40
Harrison 17 - 2 - - - - - 19
Hart 5 - - - - - - - 5
Henderson - - - 2 - - - - 2
Henry 10 - 3 - - - - - 13
Hickman - 2 - 2 - - - - 4
Hopkins 6 - 2 - - - - - 8
Jackson 6 5 - 2 - 5 - - 18
Jefferson - 4 - - 7 - - 3 14
Jessamine 11 2 - - - - 2 - 15
Johnson 20 4 2 2 - 2 - 2 32
Kenton 2 - - 2 2 2 2 - 10
Knott 19 - 3 - 2 2 - - 26
Knox 19 - 2 3 - - 2 - 26
Larue 8 2 - 3 - - - - 13
Laurel 13 - - - 2 4 2 - 21
Lawrence 5 - 2 - - - - 2 9
Lee 14 5 3 - 2 - - - 24
Leslie 14 2 2 - - - - - 18
Letcher 15 - 4 - - - - - 19
Lewis 9 - 5 - 2 - - - 16
Lincoln 13 4 4 2 - - - - 23
Livingston 13 2 2 2 - - 2 - 21
Logan 14 - 4 3 4 2 - - 27
Lyon - - 2 2 - - - - 4
Madison 11 2 3 2 - 2 - - 20
Magoffin 17 10 2 2 2 - - 2 35
Marion 9 2 - - - - - - 11
Marshall 8 - 2 3 - - 2 - 15
Martin 20 5 2 4 2 - 2 - 35
Mason 2 - - - - - - - 2
Mccracken 2 2 2 3 - - - - 9
Mccreary 6 3 - 2 - - - - 11
Mclean 2 - 2 - - - - - 4
Meade 4 2 - - 2 2 - 2 12
Menifee 2 3 - - 2 - - - 7
Mercer 9 - 4 - - - - - 13
Metcalfe 8 5 - - 2 - 3 - 18
Monroe 12 - 4 2 2 - - - 20
Montgomery 6 2 2 5 - - - - 15
Morgan 6 - 5 - - - 2 - 13
Muhlenberg 5 2 3 - - - - - 10
Nelson 8 - 3 2 - - - - 13
Nicholas 8 - 4 - - 2 - - 14
Ohio 11 2 3 - - - - - 16
Oldham 9 2 2 2 2 - - - 17
Owen 4 2 3 - - - - - 9
Owsley 12 6 2 2 2 - - - 24
Pendleton 10 2 - - - - - - 12
Perry 10 2 - 8 - 3 2 - 25
Pike 12 2 2 - 2 2 2 - 22
Powell 15 2 2 2 - 5 - - 26
Pulaski 15 4 3 - 2 - 2 2 28
Robertson 8 3 4 - - - - - 15
Rockcastle 14 2 2 2 - 2 2 - 24
Rowan 2 2 - - - - - - 4
Russell 14 2 7 - 5 - 2 - 30
Scott 15 2 - 2 2 - 3 2 26
Shelby 9 - 2 2 2 - - - 15
Simpson 2 2 - 2 5 - - - 11
Spencer 13 3 5 3 2 - 2 2 30
Taylor 11 3 - - - - - - 14
Todd 2 - - 3 - - - - 5
Trigg 8 - - - - 3 - - 11
Trimble 13 - 4 - - - - - 17
Union 7 2 - 2 - - - - 11
Warren 17 - 3 - - 2 - - 22
Washington 6 - - - 2 - - - 8
Wayne 18 3 3 2 2 - - - 28
Webster 2 2 - 2 - - - - 6
Whitley 9 6 - 6 - 2 - - 23
Wolfe 8 3 - 3 4 - - - 18
Woodford 9 - 2 2 - - - - 13

 

You can view all primary candidates and election results as they are received on KACo’s Election Results page.

For all county election information and analysis, visit KACo’s County Election Center.


 

1 Commonwealth’s Attorneys in one district appear on the 2022 primary ballot this year for unexpired terms (the 45th district which spans two counties: McLean and Muhlenberg).

 

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