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Candidate for Hopkins County sheriff pulled from ballot, plans to appeal decision

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (WEHT) - The Democratic candidate for sheriff of Hopkins County announces he plans to appeal a judge’s decision that would remove his name from the November ballot.

Jeremy Crick, who has been a deputy with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years, filed papers to run for office in January against current sheriff, Republican Matt Sanderson.

Circuit Judge James Brantley ruled Monday that Crick’s filing papers were inaccurate. State law requires two witnesses be present at the time of the filing and that both witnesses must be of the same political party as the candidate. Crick’s witnesses were a Democrat and a Republican.

In March, Major William Corsey with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office officially challenged Crick’s candidacy.

“Their argument is that I should be removed from the process because my daughter signed as a witness. She thought she was a registered Democrat. I did not question her on that,” wrote Crick on his official campaign Facebook page. “After we filed I was notified 5 days later that she was a registered Republican.”

After a hearing Monday, Judge Brantley ruled Crick’s name be pulled from the November general election ballot.

“The opinion given today read more like it was written by Coursey’s attorney than the judge,” wrote Crick.

Crick assured supporters on his campaign Facebook page that his fight and his campaign are not over.

“The process and direction we are going now is to the KY Appeals Court to request the case be reviewed and see if our case is justified in overturning this recent opinion,” wrote Crick.

Crick writes that if his appeal fails, he will attempt to run as a write-in candidate.

Eyewitness News is in Hopkins County today and will have more on this story tonight.

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(This story was originally published July 24, 2018)

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