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Candidates flock to file

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By Bryan Marshall

The 2014 election race is officially on.
Fifteen candidates filed to run for local offices at the Grant County Clerk’s Office within the first week of filing.
The first day candidates could file began Nov. 6 and the deadline to file for candidacy in the 2014 May primary is Jan. 28.
The election will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.
With Darrell Link opting to not run, three candidates have already thrown their name in the hat for county judge-executive.
Former circuit clerk Shirley Wilson and Anitra Jump have filed on the Democratic side while Pete Whaley is the sole Republican candidate as of yet.
The most crowded race so far is for county clerk with Leatha Conrad set to retire at the end of the year.
Democrats Tabatha Clemons, Vicki Vance and Crystal Fryman have filed for the position, along with Republican Missy Preston.
The only other race with more than one candidate is jailer.
Democrat Terry Peeples has filed for re-election while Republicans Tim Slone and Chris Hankins will be challengers.
Democrat Wanda Hammons, representing the second magisterial district, is the only current Grant County Fiscal Court member to file as of Nov. 12.
Republican Bobby Newman has filed for magistrate, third district, and Republican and current Williamstown City Council member Jacqalyn Riley will be running for magistrate, first district.
Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills and county attorney Joe Taylor, both Republicans, also have filed for re-election.
Any eligible resident looking to file can pick up forms at the Grant County Clerk’s Office, 107 North Main St., Williamstown.
The clerk’s office is open from 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
For more information, call 824-3321.
The deadline to file for the Nov. 4 general election for races that are not in the primary, including mayor, city council, school board and city commission, is Aug. 12.