By Ethan Colbert
Allen Chandler, a Republican candidate for Pike County Clerk, formally announced on Thursday his intent to withdraw his name from the November ballot.
Documents granting Chandler’s withdrawal were signed last week by Associate Circuit Court Judge David H. Ash.
Multiple attempts to reach Chandler were unsuccessful and messages left for him were unreturned as of press time.
Chandler was seeking to unseat incumbent county clerk, Melissa Kempke, a Democrat, in the November 6 election.
Kempke, who spoke to the Times as the county’s top elections official not as a candidate, said the local Republican Party’s Central Committee now has 28 calendar days, or until Sept. 20, to find an alternative candidate to have placed on the ballot.
However, Kempke said the timeline is much more compacted due to a deadline of
Aug. 28, when the ballot is officially certified and sent to the commercial printer for printing.
According to Kempke, the General Election ballots are scheduled to be submitted to the printer on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
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