Tuesday 25th June 2024

Coe Fields announces change in career, upcoming withdrawal from ballot


FRANKFORT, KY  –   After 28 years serving as an elected official, Krissie Coe Fields is withdrawing her name from the ballot for re-election as Circuit Court Clerk.  The news comes as a result of Fields accepting a full-time position on the Kentucky State Parole Board.  Governor Andy Beshear announced his appointment of Fields on Monday, May 20th.  The term on the board will last until June 30th of 2028.  Fields will assume the position on July 1st of this year.


Fields issued the following comments, in accompaniment of the press release from the office of the Governor:


“After careful consideration, prayer, discussion with my family and supporters, I have accepted an Appointment from Kentucky Governor,

Andy Beshear effective July 1, 2024. This appointment is a full-time position that allows me to serve citizens in a different capacity;

therefore, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for Barren Circuit Court Clerk. I have had the privilege and joy to serve the citizens of

Glasgow and Barren as an elected official for 28 years. It has been a true honor and privilege and joy to serve. I have always taken pride in

being accessible to citizens by not just attending events during election time and have always been available for phone calls. I am thankful for

the support and friendships I have made throughout the 28 years.  These friendships are invaluable to me. I will not rule out a return to

the Political Scene later. I am going to take $5000.00 of the money I would have spent on my campaign and contribute it to local charitable

organizations. I challenge the other candidate to do the same. Forever your friend, Krissie Coe Fields.”


Fields did not have opposition in the Primary election.  Julie Jolly, the lone Republican candidate, was slated to oppose Fields in the general election in November.

As of 1:20pm on Monday, Barren County Clerk Helena Chase Birdwell had not received any notice of Fields’ withdrawal from the race.  It is unclear at this time if any other candidates would have an opportunity to file for the office.  More details are expected; however, the office of Circuit Court Clerk requires passing a test before filing for candidacy.