Candidates launching 2019 campaigns

By MARLAN JONES,

The New Year ushered in a new wave of political opportunities. January 2 opened the qualifying period for candidates running for statewide, state district, legislative, county, and county district offices.

Offices to be voted on this year include governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture and commerce, public service commissioner, transportation commissioner, district attorney, senators, representatives, sheriff, chancery clerk, circuit clerk, tax assessor, justice court judge, supervisor positions, election commissioners, and constable.

The qualifying deadline for candidates has been set for March 1. Primary elections for partisan candidates will be held on August 6 with necessary runoff elections to follow on August 27. The General Election is scheduled for November 5, and runoffs will be held on November 26.

Simpson County voter participation has been on the rise, and the trend will likely continue with the increased number of offices to be voted on this year.  Citizens wishing to participate in the upcoming election would need to register at the Simpson County Circuit Clerk’s office. Voter registration applications are also available to be printed online at the Secretary of States website. These forms must be mailed to the Simpson County Circuit Clerk’s office.

 The following is a list of local candidates who have qualified thus far:

Tax assessor- Jamie Brewer

Sheriff- Paul Mullins

Sheriff- Cedrick Allbritton

Sheriff- Darrell Walker

Sheriff- Dalton McGovern

Supervisor District 5- Randy Moore

 Supervisor District 4- Donnie Welch

Supervisor District 4- Mickey Berry

Supervisor District 3- Brian Kennedy

Supervisor District 2- Allen Maddox

Supervisor District 2- Danny Craft

Supervisor District 1- Curtis Skiffer

Justice Court Judge Post 1– Ted Blakeney

Justice Court Judge Post 2- Charles Savell

Chancery Clerk- Tommy Joe Harvey

Circuit Clerk- Steve Womack

Circuit Clerk- Terrence Norwood

Constable 1- Randall Coleman

Constable 1- Jamie Freeman

Constable 2- Christopher Jones

Constable 2- Dusty Drennan

Coroner- Terry Tutor

Election Commissioner- Donna Magee.

This list is current as of press time and will be periodically updated until the qualifying deadline is reached.