February 26, 2014 Edition

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Election season kicks off
with Primary filing period

Deputy County Clerk Sarah Dobbs looks over the list of filings for the May 20 Primary Election. Filing began on Monday and will conclude Monday at noon.

The filing period for the May 20 Primary Election, as well as the non-partisan judicial election, began on Monday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, races had developed for county judge and one justice of the peace postion.

Incumbent Dale Freeman and John Thomison have both filed as Democrats for the county judge position, and incumbent Donald Richey and Coty Powers have both filed for JP position 2 as Democrats.

Others filing as Democrats include: assessor, Farrah Matthews; tax collector, Stephanie A. Harris; treasurer, Marilyn Crafton; county clerk, Tina Stowers; sheriff, Jeff Yates; and coroner, Robert Chris Warden.

Other justice of the peace filings, which are also all Democratic filings, include: Gerald Nathan Crafton, position 6; Ernest "Junior" Briner, position 5; and Kenny Jones, Position 8.

Those filing for constable are as follows: Black Rock Township, Bryan Smith (R); Morgan Township, Andrew Turner (D); Boas Township, Charles E. Cook (D); Cache Township, Ronnie Clay Knight (I); Campbell Township, Kenneth Fears (D).

Committee member and delegate filings for the Democratic party thus far are: John Thomison and Coty Powers.

Those filing as Democrats should pay their filing fees at Downing's Tax Service on Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

Those who are interested in filing as a Republican can pay their filing fees on Friday from 3-6 p.m. at 116 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

Anyone who has a conflict during this time can call Lawrence County Republican Committee Chair Chad Moseley at 886-3663 or email him at jcmoseley@sbcglobal.net.

County Clerk Tina Stowers said after filing with their individual parties, candidates must file their paperwork in her office by noon on Monday.

Those wishing to run as independents must file an affidavit of eligibility, a notice of candidacy and a completed petition by noon on March 3 in the county clerk's office.

Drawing for ballot positions is Monday

Drawing for ballot positions for the May 20 Preferential Primary Election will be held by the Lawrence County Election Commission on Monday at 2 p.m.

The drawing will be held in the Lawrence County Courthouse conference room. The public and candidates are welcome to attend.

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