One new candidate qualifies as Jan. 13 deadline nears


Jackie Sivley, the incumbent, has qualified as a Republican candidate for the office of county board of education, place 2 (Blountsville), bringing to a total of six the number of county offices where one candidate is running unopposed as of Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The other local offices with unopposed candidates are county board of education, place 1 (Hayden), county board of education superintendent, District 4 commissioner, probate judge/commission chairman, district judge, and circuit clerk. The last two are state offices elected locally. Six local county offices and three locally-elected state offices will appear on the primary ballot. (See below for list of offices and candidates.)

According to Republican Party chairman Tim Kent, at least two other possible candidates may yet declare for local office: one for District 2 commissioner and one for District 4 commissioner. As of today, Wednesday, Jan. 4, they have nine more days to submit qualifying paperwork.

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the primary election is just over one week away on Friday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. The primary election is March 13, and the primary runoff, if needed, is Tuesday, April 24.

Voter registration deadlines for both primary elections are nearing, as well. For the primary election, the last day to register to vote is March 2. For the primary runoff, the last day to register is April 13.

The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, this year. In addition to U.S. President, a number of other state and federal offices will be on the ballot. In all likelihood, county and state offices elected locally will already have been decided in the primaries, since at this time, no Democratic candidates have qualified or indicated an intention to run for any of those offices.

State and federal offices that will be included in the general election, besides President, are seats 1-7 (all) U. S. House of Representatives; Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice; Alabama Supreme Court justices, places 1-4; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals judges, places 1-3; Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals judges, places 1-3; Public Service Commission president; and districts 1, 3, 5, and 7, State Board of Education. Last day to qualify to vote in the general election is Oct. 26.

Summary of qualifiers to date
(county offices)
For probate judge/commission chairman:
Chris Green (R)
For District 2 commissioner:
Jeremy Smith (R), Carthel Self (R), Roger Bullard (R),
Andy Neill (R)(incumbent)
For District 4 commissioner:
R.C. Smith (R)
For county board of education
Jim Carr (R)
For county board of education, place 1:
Rodney Dabbs (R)
For county board of education, place 2:
Jackie Sivley (R)

Summary of qualifiers to date
(state offices)
For circuit judge: Steven King (R), Greg Reid (R)
For district judge: Sherry Burns (R)
For circuit clerk: Michael Criswell (R)