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Deadline to run for office quickly approaching

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By Kristin Beck

Fifteen have filed paperwork in preparation for the May 18 primary as all Carroll County officials are up for election in 2010.

With a little more than a week to the filing deadline on Friday, Jan. 26, there are already contests for the Democratic Party nomination for sheriff, coroner and constable in Districts 2 and 3, according to the Deputy County Clerk Patti Mefford.

Former deputy and Carrollton police officer Jamie Kinman will be running against incumbent Sheriff Ben Smith.

Incumbent Cororner David Wilhoite faces opposition from former deputy cororner Charles Webb.

In the race for District 2 constable’s Democratic nomination, Roy McAllister has filed to run against Incumbent Glenn Chatham. A three-way race is shaping up for District 3 constable party nomination with filings from Joshua Glacken, Chris Brock and Bruce Westrick.

Democratic incumbent County Clerk Alice Marsh, Property Valuation Administrator Rob Robertson, and District 1 Magistrate Floyd Bowling have filed to seek re-election.

Assistant County Attorney Nick Marsh has filed to seek the county attorney nomination, as incumbent Jim Monk plans to retire.

No Republican candidates have filed to see county offices.

Those interested in running for political office in Carroll County have until 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 to file for candidacy at the County Clerk’s Office. In order to become a candidate, the individual must pick up nomination declaration papers at the clerk’s office, fill them out and return them before the deadline. There is also a $50 filing fee to register.

If an individual is interested in running for magistrate or constable, they must live in the district they want to serve. For specific requirements for each position, contact County Clerk Alice Marsh.

The last day for individuals to register to vote is April 19 for the primary on May 18. The deadline to change parties has passed. If an individual would like to change their party now, they will not be eligible to vote in May.

The general election is Nov. 2. City elections, including the race for mayor and city council, will be held at that time.