Larry Cleveland,** a Democrat who currently held the position of Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney, filed for re-election on January 12, 2018. Since no Republican Party candidates filed to run for Commonwealth's Attorney in Franklin County, Cleveland's name will appear on the ballot with no Republican challenger in the November 2018 election.
Duties and responsibilities of the Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney are established in Kentucky Revised Statutes in Chapter 15 and other chapters concerning the role of local governments in Kentucky.
Specifically, KRS 15.725 provides "Duties of Commonwealth's attorney and county attorneys -- Agreements to share or redistribute prosecutorial duties -- Circuit clerk's authority to issue criminal warrants. (1) The Commonwealth's attorney shall attend each Circuit Court held in his judicial circuit. He shall, except as provided in KRS 15.715 and KRS Chapter 131, have the duty to prosecute all violations whether by adults or by juveniles subject to the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court of the criminal and penal laws which are to be tried in the Circuit Court in his judicial circuit. In addition, he shall have the primary responsibility within his judicial circuit to present evidence to the grand jury concerning such violations."