2022 Hopkinsville & Christian County Election Guide

This guide provides voters with a comprehensive look at all of the candidates who have filed for these offices in 2022. Those running unopposed within their party will not be listed on ballots until the general election in November.

Earlier this year, we announced a new approach to election coverage — one that puts the concerns of our community at the center of our campaign coverage. As part of the Citizens Agenda for Hopkinsville and Christian County, we asked residents what questions they wanted candidates to answer in the lead-up to the election.

We distilled your responses into a Citizens Agenda for Hopkinsville & Christian County. Then, we asked candidates for Mayor, Judge-Executive, Fiscal Court, City Council and Sheriff about those specific priorities. Click below to see their answers.


City of Hopkinsville
Vince Farrell, 46, of Clarence Drive, moved to Hopkinsville in August 2011, when he became the senior pastor of Journey Church of Hopkinsville. He has been highly visible as the administrator of a Facebook page, TEAMHoptown, that promotes events and businesses in the community.
James R. Knight Jr., 52, of Stone Valley Drive, owns and operates Knight Appliance. This his second run for mayor. In a special election in 2020, he lost to retired banker Wendell Lynch, a Democrat who chose not to seek re-election in 2022.
Michael Pendleton, 47, of Fort Campbell Boulevard, is a retired firefighter. He served as the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s public information officer, among other duties, and he has helped raise money for the restoration of the Alhambra Theatre. He also worked for Hand Family Companies, a beer and beverage distributor. Pendleton serves on the Hopkinsville-Christian County Human Rights Commission.
Alethea West, 50, of Colonette Drive, is an educator and owner of Bridging Gap Learning Center. She is the first woman to run for mayor since Sherry Jeffers’ election in 1981. Jeffers was the only woman ever elected Hopkinsville mayor, and she served one term. West has served on Hopkinsville City Council since 2021. She represents Ward 3 and holds positions on the Human Rights Commission, the Long Range Planning and Coordination Committee, and the Tax Increment Finance Development Authority.