**This story has been updated. Charles Costello originally refused to participate in the candidate debate for Metcalfe County sheriff but has since decided to be a part of the event.
With Kentucky’s General Election less than a month away, citizens in Metcalfe County must formally elect a sheriff. But, before they vote they’ll hear from most of the candidates on the ballot, and the democratic candidate isn’t one of them.
As reported Aug. 5, Metcalfe County Sheriff Ricky Brooks’ position was left unfilled when he died after a cancer battle. Brooks was replaced with Lonnie Hodges who continues to serve as acting sheriff in Metcalfe County.
While there was significant conflict and public uproar regarding the nomination of the republican candidate Charles Costello, Hodges chose to file as a write-in candidate. Hodges is a republican but claims he was never given the chance to file as the party’s candidate. For more information, a full report from Aug. 16 covering the nomination process can be found here.
The Metcalfe County Young Republicans will host a debate Thursday, Oct. 10 at Barn Lot Theatre. Most candidates across parties will participate. The participants include republican candidate Charles Costello, and write-ins Dalton Bragg, Josh Neal, Lacy Cox, Lonnie Hodges and Scott Posey.
It was initially believed Costello would not participate and Huffman would, but the tables have turned. In a statement from the Metcalfe County Young Republicans Wednesday, Chairman Daniel Bragg said, “Initially, Republican candidate Charles Costello said he would not be in attendance, he feared this would be in his words “a gotcha debate” where the process by which he was nominated would be called into question.”
Bragg said Costello changed his mind after reviewing the topics relating to questions that will be asked. All other candidates saw the topics, too.
Candidates Chris Turner and democrat candidate Allen Huffman will not participate. According to Bragg, Turner is on vacation this week and Huffman has a scheduling conflict. Although Huffman did not respond when asked to record a response, Turner worked with Metcalfe County Democrat committee member Hannah Morrison to record an interview in real-time that will broadcast after the debate, according to Bragg.
According to a flyer, the debate broadcast begins at 6 p.m. on the Metcalfe County Young Republican’s Facebook and YouTube Live pages. Doors open at 5 p.m. at Barn Lot Theatre.
Rob Bunch and Harley Hawkins will moderate.