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Election filing opens on Nov. 6

The 2014 May primary election is still seven months away, but Nov. 6 is the first day for candidates to file to run for office.
Jan. 28 is the deadline to run in the primary, which will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.
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.
“Some of them file soon,”  said County Clerk Letha Conrad. “Some of them wait until the last day.”
Conrad is in her seventh year as clerk, but has worked in the office for 35 years.
She spent 27 years as deputy clerk under three different clerks.
While she could seek a third term, Conrad has decided instead to retire at the end of this year.
“I felt the time was right,” Conrad said. “I have a new granddaughter. I’m going to enjoy my granddaughter. I enjoyed getting to meet the public and serving the county. I will miss that.”
Judge-executive Darrell Link will make an appointment to fill Conrad’s seat for the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014.
The appointee would have to file for and win the election in order to keep the seat.
With her retirement, Conrad has overseen her last election night, meaning an end to long nights and countless vote tallies.
“It will be a relief in a way,” Conrad said with a laugh. “That will be the least thing I will miss.”
Judge-Executive Darrell Link previously has indicated that he also would not be seeking a fifth term.
“I am going to do my best to follow the Gospel of Matthew; ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ Consequently, I will leave the worrying to someone else. Nevertheless, I hope to spend an excessive amount of time with my wife and family and church family.”
Sheriff Chuck Dills said he plans to run for re-election, along with first-term jailer Terry Peeples.
“It takes awhile to get things in place and get them going,” Peeples said. “It can’t be done overnight. I think in our first term here we’ve accomplished a lot of good things.”
Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, who is finishing his first year as a legislator after being a Grant County magistrate, also will be seeking re-election.
“I look forward to meeting not only the challenges of Grant County, but to the new parts of the 61st District of southern Kenton County, southern Boone County and northern Scott County,” Linder said. “I recently started fundraising for the election next year and have already raised half of the total I raised for the entire 2012 election cycle. I appreciate the over whelming messages of support from our community over the past 10 months and look forward to being the voice of reason during the 2014 session.”
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.