- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky jailer who lost Tuesday night’s election has filed a lawsuit seeking to disqualify his opponent.

The Advocate-Messenger (https://bit.ly/1th3atW) reports Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch says Rob Wilson should be disqualified due to one of the signatures on his filing paperwork. Gooch says in an affidavit that the person who signed for Wilson is a state employee and thus not allowed to participate in political campaigns.

Wilson called Gooch’s lawsuit “a desperate Hail Mary” that won’t succeed. He says he has talked to state and local officials and has been assured the signature is allowed and valid.

“Frankfort said it was a ‘fact’ signature and not an ‘endorsement’ signature,” Wilson said. “I feel like this is Gooch’s attempt to take this election out of the voter’s hands and put it into the hands of the courts.”

Gooch lost to Wilson by 726 votes in Tuesday night’s election.

Gooch said he didn’t file suit sooner because he didn’t want the campaign to be about paperwork.

“I waited until the day before the election because I did not wish to engage in negative campaigning,” Gooch said. “I do not want to win by virtue of him not knowing the law. I want to win at the polls, and I do not want this motion to influence the voters.”

The state law says that “no employee in the classified service . shall take part in the management or affairs of any political party or in any political campaign, except to exercise his right as a citizen privately to express his opinion and to cast his vote.”

The motion asking to disqualify Wilson is set to be heard on Nov. 24 in Lincoln County Circuit Court.


Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, https://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

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