County ballot set for primary election
The list of candidates that will appear on the ballot in the Primary Election this May is all set -- Friday at noon was the deadline to file a declaration of candidacy.
As always, there are a few surprises. In some cases, the surprise is that several candidates will have no competition in the primary. In other cases, new faces have appeared.
Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw and Sheriff Terry D. Pierce are unopposed through the primary season along with Assessor Nancy Snellenberger and County Council members Brent Murray and John Wilkes.
Incumbent Commissioner Bart Beard, Democrat, will be up against Rick Graves, Republican in the General Election next fall in District 3.
On the County Council, incumbent Councilman Ed Cullison, Republican, will face a challenge in the fall from Democrat John Beach in District 2.
Another seat on the county council will be contested in the Primary with a face-off between two Republicans, Marvin Helms and former Councilman Ed Michael in District 1.
In the General Election next fall, Clerk Jackie Winstead, Democrat, will face the same challenger as in the last election, Susan Fowler, Republican.
Recorder Rita Hennette, Democrat, will face challenger Stuart Dowden, Republican.
Coroner Brian Gainey, Democrat, will face Sherry Wilson, Republican.
Auditor Sue McDonald, Democrat, will face Matthew Baker, Republican.
Several school board seats will be up for grabs during the Primary -- they do not appear on the ballot in November.
Four candidates will vie for the Bloomfield School Board District 1 seat including William Bond, Douglas Frye, Matthew Miller and James "Curt" Vandeventer. Only one candidate filed in each of the other seats up for election.
In Linton, three people filed in District 2 including Richard Burns, Rodney Bredeweg and Fred Spinks. Only one candidate filed in the other districts.
In WRV, Roger Shake is unopposed for the District 2 seat; Charlie Records and Judith Krueger will race in District 4; Gerald Murdock and Mark Downey in District 6; and Shari Hostetter, Andy Davis and Roger Weaver for the only at-large seat on the board.