Non-partisan races total 14 hopefuls

Posted August 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Filing for some non-partisan races in the city and some precincts within two board of education boundaries came to a close at the end of the work day last Tuesday, August 14.

When all was said and done, only 14 total candidates had filed with the majority of those being candidates for Albany City Council. There will be 10 city council candidates for the six seats available, with all incumbents and for newcomers filing.

In the race for mayor, that seat will also be contested with two candidates in the running in November. Incumbent Mayor Nicky Smith is being opposed by current Assistant Police Chief Lyle Pierce four the city’s highest office.

In the race for city council, the candidates include incumbents James “Smitty” Smith, Tonya Thrasher, Frankie Stockton, Leland Hicks, Tony Delk and Steve Lawson and four newcomers, Brad Thrasher, Joyce Brown Martin, Lyle Norris and Jared Parrigin.

In the two races for seats on the Clinton County Board of Education, both incumbent members will be unopposed and re-seated in January.

District One Board Member Kevin Marcum (Nora, Snow and Piney Woods precincts) and District Five Board Member Goldie Stonecipher (South Albany and Hayes-Maupin precincts) had no candidates file against them.

The ballot for the 2014 November general election in Clinton County is now basically set, and will include several races–local, district, state, federal and judicial races to choose from.

County contested races will include county judge/executive, sheriff, county clerk and jailer, but only a couple of district races in the county being contested for magistrate and constable, as most are running unopposed.

There will be a contested First District Congressional race, U.S. Senate race and 40th Circuit Judge race.

Some officials are running unopposed, including County Attorney Michael Rains, PVA Pat Campbell, Coroner Steve Talbott, several magistrates and constables and 83rd District State Representative Jeff Hoover of Jamestown, as well as both district judges, Scarlett Latham and James “Mike” Lawson, both of Albany.

The general election is now just two and-a-half months away and more information on registration deadlines, absentee balloting and other relevant information will be published closer to the November election day.