Candidates launching 2019 campaignsBy 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.