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Chaplain files as a candidate for county coroner as filing deadline nears

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 –– Bardstown resident Doug Alexander filed Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, as a Republican candidate for Nelson County Coroner.

Alexander is a first-time candidate for the office of coroner.

DOUG ALEXANDER

During the 2014 election cycle, Alexander — who was a chaplain with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at the time — was critical of then-incumbent coroner candidate Field Houghlin’s earlier decision to hire Houghlin’s daughter as a deputy coroner in apparent violation of the county’s ethics ordinance regarding nepotism.

After a complaint was filed with the local ethics board, Houghlin subsequently asked his daughter to resign. Houghlin was later fined $1,000 and reprimanded by the local ethics board.

In the Nov. 2014 election, Houghlin defeated his Republican opponent, Danielle Chladek.

If no additional candidates for coroner file before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline, neither coroner candidate will have opposition in the May primary. Alexander and Houghlin will face off in the November general election.

4 P.M. TUESDAY FILING DEADLINE. Candidates who wish to file for office that is on the May primary ballot have until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, to file their candidacy paperwork.

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