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Precincts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Polk County’s Primary Election will be held next Tuesday, May 6th. Voters will cast party votes to select  candidates to face off in the August General Election. Precincts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Turnout for early voting has been relatively low, with just over 1400 voters taking advantage as of Monday afternoon.

Next week’s edition of the Polk County News will be printed early Wednesday morning to include election results.

All County Commissioners seats are up for election, but only the Third District has opposition in the Primary. Each district has three representatives. In the Republican Primary, Randy Collins, Randall Davis, Sheena Gaddis, and Earl Tipton square off for three nominations. The winners in the Republican Primary will face off in August against Democrats Daren Waters and Daniel Deal.

In the Second District, Isaac Bramblett, Greg Brooks, and Mike Curbow face no opposition in the Democrat Primary. No Republican candidates have filed. Independent candidate Karen Bracken will face the three incumbents in the August General Election. First District Democrats John Pippenger, Buster Lewis, and Mark Bishop have no primary opposition; James Woody is the only First District Republican candidate.

The office of County Executive is the only county office with opposition in both Primaries. Two democrats and two republicans seek the nomination. In the Democrat Primary, the choice is between Hoyt Firestone and Blake Rymer. Voters in the Republican Primary have a choice of David Dishman or Scott Yates.

Bill Baliles, Laura Crawford, and Sally Love face off in the Democrat Primary for the position of General Sessions Judge. No Republican candidate is on the primary ballot, so the winner of the Democrat Primary will have no opposition and will become judge.

The office of Court Clerk will also be decided in the Democrat Primary. Connie Clark and Casey Carver both seek the position; no Republican candidate filed.

In the race for Sheriff there are four candidates in the Democrat Primary and one in the Republican Primary. Keith Barker, Rocky King, Jamey Nicholson, and Joe Price face off in the Democrat Primary. The winner of that election will face Republican Steve Ross in August.

For County Trustee, Gina Hicks-Burchfiel and Nan Rogers-Cross face off in the Democrat Primary. The winner will face Republican Austin O’Neal, who has no primary opposition.

The offices of County Clerk and Register of Deeds have no opposition in either the primary or general election; Angie Sanford and Donna (Kandi) Bramlett will retain their positions.

Several Judgeships as well as District Attorney General will also appear on the Primary ballot. With no democrat filing for the DA job, Republicans Steve Crump and Stephen Hatchett square off for the job. Richard Hughes has no opposition for the job of Public Defendor.

Republicans Sandra Donaghy and Van Irion square off for Criminal Court Judge, with the winner to face Amy Reedy, who has no Democrat Primary opposition.

William Brown, Andrew Freiberg, and Chal Thompson battle it out for Circuit Court Judge Part 3. No Democrat candidate has filed, so the winner of the Republican Primary will get the job. Mike Sharp faces to opposition for Circuit Court Judge Part 2, and Larry Puckett faces no opposition for Circuit Court Judge Part 1. Jerri Bryant is also unopposed for Chancellor.

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