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Few county races coming in August

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By The Staff

By JUDY UNDERWOOD

Morgan County News Editor

With so much attention being given to the various presidential primaries and caucuses, it’s easy to overlook the county general election that will be coming in August.

Part of that is because there simply aren’t that many races on the ballot and another part of it is that there are even fewer challenged races.

Biff Wilson, who was appointed by county commissioners to fill the unexpired term of his late wife Susie Kittrell Wilson, is running unopposed for Morgan County Assessor of Property.

Carol Hamby is seeking her first election as County Clerk. Hamby was appointed by county commission to replace R.B. Human when he resigned last year. Human had been appointed to replace Tim Steelman who resigned from office at the end of 2006.

Hamby is being challenged by Sheila Aytes Wilson, who has worked as a deputy clerk and is currently employed in the assessor of property’s office.

The office of county attorney is on the ballot but so far there are no takers.

Administrator of Elections Minnie Armes said candidates have until June 18 to file a write-in candidacy. Current county attorney Joe Judkins did not pick up the paperwork to qualify to seek re-election.

Judkins was not available to make comment but Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe said it’s her understanding that he has not decided if he wishes to continue as county attorney.

Ruppe said that if no one comes forward for the August election, county commissioners will appoint someone to fill the office.

Other races on the August ballot include three school board races. In the second district incumbent Terry Armes is opposed by Jerry Reynolds. Glen Moore is unopposed for a second term in the fourth district. The sixth district will have a new board member as Andy Lowe will not seek another term. Randy Armes will face off against Wendy Collins for the position.

In addition the state primary will be held in August. Those races will include the 12th Senatorial District race with Democratic candidate Becky Ruppe facing Republican Ken Yager. State representative with John Mark Windle is facing opposition from fellow Democrat Glenn Stockton. There is no republican seeking the office.

The U.S. Senate seat held by Lamar Alexander is also on the primary ballot as well as the U.S. Representative seat held by Lincoln Davis.

The deadline to register to vote in the August election is July 8. Early voting will be July 18 through Aug. 2.

The election will be on Aug. 7