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The deadline for petitions to be placed on the May 6th Primary Election ballot has passed, and all candidates who turned in a petition have been approved by the Election Commission.

The deadline for petitions to be placed on the May 6th Primary Election ballot has passed, and all candidates who turned in a petition have been approved by the Election Commission.

Four candidates are vying for the Sheriff nomination in the Democrat Primary. Keith Barker, Rocky King, Jamie Nicholson, and Joe Price have all turned in petitions. The winner of the Democrat Primary will face off against Republican Steve Ross in the August General Election. Ross is unopposed in the Republican Primary.

There will be two candidates for each party to choose from in the County Executive race. In the Republican Primary, David Dishman and Scott Yates are both up for the nomination. Blake Rymer is challenging Hoyt Firestone in the Democrat Primary.

In the race for County Trustee, Gina Hicks-Burchfiel and Nan Rogers-Cross will battle for the Democrat nomination. The winner will face Republican Austin O’Neal in the General Election. O’Neal is unopposed in the Republican Primary.

With no Republican candidate on the ballot, the winner of a three-way race for General Sessions Judge in the Democrat Primary will become judge. Bill Baliles, Laura Crawford, and Sally Love have all filed petitions in the Democrat Primary.

Democrats Casey Carver and Connie Clark will battle for the position of Clerk of Courts. There is no candidate in the Republican Primary, so the winner of the Democrat Primary will have no opposition in the August election.

Several county seats and judgeships will have no opposition in either the primary or general elections. Register of Deeds Kandi Bramlett and County Clerk Angie Sanford will both keep their seats. Neither has opposition in the Democrat Primary and no petitions were filed by Republican candidates. Second District County Commissioners Isaac Bramblett, Greg Brooks, and Mike Curbow also face no opposition.

Six candidates have filed petitions for three seats on the County Commission in the Third District. Petitions were filed by Democrats Daniel Deal and Daren Waters. Republicans Randy Collins, Randall Davis, Sheena Gaddis, and Earl Tipton will square off in the Republican Primary.

In the First District, Republican James Woody will face Democrats Mark Bishop, Buster Lewis, and John Hoyt Pippenger.

For Criminal Court Judge, Republicans Sandra Donaghy and Van Irion with battle for the chance to square off against Democrat Amy Reedy, who faces no challenge in the primary.

Three Republican candidates seek the Circuit Court Part 3 position – Bill Brown, Andrew Freiberg, and Chal Thompson. No Democrat candidates have filed. There will also be no Democrat opposition for the job of District Attorney. Two Republicans, Steve Crump and Stephen Hatchett will be vying for the position.

Chancellor Jerri S. Bryant has no opposition in the Republican Primary and no Democrat has filed. Circuit Court Judgeships will go to J. Michael Sharp (Part 2) and Lawrence H. Puckett (Part 1), as neither has opposition in their Republican Primary and no Democrat candidates filed. Public Defender Richard Huges is also unopposed.

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