ADMINISTRATOR OF ELECTIONS
gary d. miller
The time limit for a county resident to toss their hat into the political arena is 12 p.m., February 15. This is only a short time away. The County Democrat Party candidates have petitions in circulation and the County Republican Party will have a caucus to choose their nominees. Names provided by political party caucus or candidate petitions must have all papers filed in the Election Office no later than 12 p.m., on that day.
The Petition Process
Candidates must obtain the petition from the Election Office and get the names and addresses of county registered voters. Twenty-five (25) names and addresses are required for a candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot, however, we encourage getting twice that amount.
Primary Election Process
The Democrat Party opted to hold a primary election to select nominees for the August General Election. In this manner, the top vote getter for each office advances to the general election as the party nominee.
The Caucus Process
“When a political party has a caucus, the members select nominees the day of the meeting. Following the caucus, the executive committee certifies names of nominees to the Election Office-by the noon, February 15th deadline. When candidates are selected in this manner, they only participate in the County General Election.
Independent Candidates are not affiliated with either political party. They qualify by going through the petition process and meeting the February 15, 12 p.m., deadline, however, independent candidates by- pass the primary and run in the August general election facing a democrat and republican nominee. There can be several independent candidates seeking the same office but only one democrat and one republican nominee.
Countywide positions that will appear on the ballot are: County Mayor, Trustee, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds and Road Superintendent. District positions – County Commissioners and Constables.
Candidates that have picked up petitions are: County Mayor- Michael Brady and John Hargis II, Trustee- Tyler McCullough, County Clerk -Tammy Sholey, Circuit Court Clerk- Crystal Stiefel and Penny Sons, Sheriff- Clint Shrum, Register of Deeds- Gayle VanHooser, Road Superintendent- Hubert Dewayne Hargis, Johnny R. Fults, and Michael Meeks. Constable District One – Christopher Boyd, Constable District Two – Phillip Stephens. County Commissioner District One – Charles David Lockhart and Mike Cordell, County Commissioner District Two – Daniel Crabtree, County Commissioner District Three – Chris Rogers, Don Hutcheson, David Griswold and John Hargis II. (Hargis will have to decide which petition to turn in by the 2/15 deadline).
Potential candidates will have until February 15, to obtain a petition for any of the previously mentioned positions, however it is recommended to not wait until the last minute because state law requires all documents/petitions to be checked and finalized by the Noon deadline.
For further information, please call our office at 931-692-3551.