One local State Representative candidate could be disqualified from continuing to run for election here in the 18th District after documents raise questions about his political party affiliation.
Craig Davis’ name is slated to appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate for State Rep. after registering to run for the office in December of 2013.
A Kentucky state law (KRS 118.125) dictates that a candidate must be eligible to vote in the primary election for the office they seek; otherwise he or she is disqualified from running.
In order to vote in the Republican primary election for his or any other office, Davis would have to be registered to vote as a Republican. A copy of Davis’ voter registration card which was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 in the Grayson County Clerk’s Office shows, however, that Davis registered to vote as a member of the Democratic Party.
Davis, whose campaign web-page calls him a “conservative Christian Republican” returned a phone call to a News-Gazette staffer on Monday afternoon, but asked that his comments be kept off the record.
“In order to be eligible to vote in the primary, you would have had to have changed your party affiliation by Dec. 31, 2013.” explained Mary Sue Helm, with the Office of the Secretary of State, in regards to this issue.
“As of this point, [Davis] is still a viable candidate because no one has legally filed an objection,” said County Clerk Sherry Weedman.
She went on to explain that anyone registered to vote in the 18th District, which includes all of Grayson County and portions of Hardin County, has the right to file objection to Davis’ or his opponents’ eligibility to run for 18th District Representative.
According to Weedman, this process would go through the Circuit Court system, but she added that at this late date, the ballots have already been printed and all three current candidates will appear on the ballot regardless of whether or not they withdraw or are disqualified.
Should a candidate withdraw or be disqualified, Weedman said that signs would be posted and voters would be made aware that any votes for that candidate will not be counted.
Grayson County Republican Party Co-Chair Kim Willis said on Monday that Davis has been an active participant in the party’s events since she began working with the group last fall, even speaking at multiple events.