HUNTSVILLE — A total of seven persons have picked up paperwork indicating an interest in seeking election as Scott County’s mayor and sheriff in August.
And while incumbent county mayor Jeff Tibbals was the only one of the seven to have returned a completed qualifying petition to the Scott County Election Commission Office, formalizing his candidacy, by the close of business Monday, more than eight weeks of qualifying remain before the April 3 deadline.
According to a list supplied by administrator of elections Gabe Krahn, picking up paperwork for the county mayor’s race in addition to Tibbals were Oneida businessman Harold Brooks, a mayoral candidate in both 2006 and 2010; Winfield pastor and long-time hospital employee Wayne King; and Oneida businessman Dale Perdue, former owner of Perdue’s Shell in Helenwood.
Among the potential candidates picking up paperwork for sheriff were Ronnie Phillips, who was appointed by County Commission last week to fill the remainder of the current term in replacement of the late Mike Cross; former Sheriff’s Department chief deputy and acting sheriff Bobby Ellis; and former deputy Joe “Buster” Marlow.
Picking up paperwork does not mean that person will be a candidate; some persons pick up paperwork while exploring a run for office and never return it.
Most other incumbent county-wide office-holders, meanwhile, are currently without opposition in the early days of election qualifying.
General Sessions judge Jamie Cotton, Circuit Court clerk Donnie Phillips, county clerk Pat Phillips, register of deeds Benjie Rector, county attorney John Beaty, and trustee Jimmy D. Byrd are the only candidates to pick up paperwork thus far for their respective offices. With the exception of Rector and Pat Phillips, all those office-holders had returned qualifying petitions by Monday.
In county commission races, meanwhile:
• Incumbents David “Blue” Day and David Jeffers are the only candidates to pick up paperwork thus far in the 1st District, with Day being the only candidate to complete paperwork.
• Incumbents June Jeffers and Sam Lyles have picked up paperwork in the 2nd District, along with former commissioner and potential challenger Leonard Bertram.
• A growing field of potential candidates in the 3rd District includes incumbents Kenny Morrow and Ernest Phillips, along with potential challengers Sean King, Lisa Stonecipher Sexton an Jamie Lee Yancey.
• An equally level field is emerging in the 4th District, where incumbents Brian Armstrong and Dennis Sexton are joined by potential challengers Kenneth Chadwell, Rick Russ and Terry Yancey.
• Potential challenger Kent Strunk is the only candidate to pick up paperwork in the 5th District thus far.
• Incumbents Ron Blevins and Hertis Phillips, along with potential challenger Robin Newman, have picked up paperwork in the 6th District.
• Incumbent Willie Boyatt and former commissioner Rick Burke have picked up paperwork in the 7th District.
In school board races, 5th District incumbent Esther Abbott, 7th District incumbent John Vernon Thompson and 1st District challenger Tommy Silcox are the only candidates to enter the race thus far; no one has picked up paperwork in the 4th District.
In the Oneida Special School District, where three seats are up for grabs, incumbents Tommy Bell and Dorothy Hill Watson are the only candidates to pick up paperwork thus far.