Kathy Witt Seeking Fifth Term, Faces Opposition This Time

Dec 23, 2013

Fayette County’s longest-serving sheriff says she plans to run for a fifth term in 2014, but her name won't be alone on the ballot this year.

Witt, a Democrat, won the post in 1998 after no Republican filed and has held the job ever since. The Frankfort native moved to Lexington to study biology at the University of Kentucky and did not plan a career in law enforcement, but a part-time job at the Fayette County jail eventually led her to the position.

In a statement, Witt said she is “humbled to have served the citizens of Lexington-Fayette County” and would be “honored to continue” serving.

But newcomer Brian Potters has also thrown his hat into the ring, filing as a Republican in the 2014 race. Potters served a Marine Corps MP before moving to Lexington and working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He says his interest in the job grew out of his six years of experience in the military.

The filing deadline for candidates is Jan. 28.