With the deadline to turn in candidacy forms 2014 Macon County General Election just over three weeks away, several open seats remain unspoken for. Administrator of Elections Barry Doss says that those currently in office are very concerned about these open positions.
It is a significant election, with quite a few major county seats coming up for a vote, including Sheriff, County Mayor, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, and all County Commission seats.
“There are seven commissioner positions that no one has gone in for at all,” said Doss. “And others that have no competition… if there was a vote today, we would have to appoint seven commissioners.”
So far, Doss does not have a final count on registered candidates. He only knows who has picked up candidacy forms, and for which position. He says that no one has picked up forms for Districts 4, 7 or 8, and one of the seats from District 6 has no bidders.
Potential candidates as of now, by district, are as follows (two commissioner seats to be filled in each district): District 1—four candidates; District 2—two candidates; District 3—two candidates; District 4—zero candidates; District 5—two candidates; District 6—one candidate; District 7—zero candidates; District 8—zero candidates; District 9—two candidates; District 10—two candidates.
So far, the following positions have had candidacy forms collected or turned in, according to Doss:
- County Clerk: three candidates
- Constable, Districts 3,4: one candidate
- Constable, Districts 5,6: three candidates
- Constable, Districts 7,8: three candidates
- Register of Deeds: five candidates
- Sheriff: two candidates
- Circuit Court Judge: one candidate
- General Sessions Judge: one candidate
- Trustee: one candidate
- Circuit Court Clerk: two candidates
- County Mayor: one candidate
- Lafayette City Council (two open seats): four candidates
The deadline to turn in candidacy forms is February 20, 2014 at noon.
The Board of Education, which will not be up for a vote until the August election, has two open spots. Only one candidacy form has been turned in, but the deadline to turn in forms for this office is not until April 3 at noon.
May 6 is the date of the Republican Primary for all County offices, as well as the Lafayette Municipal Election. August 7 is the date of the State Primary Election, and the Macon County General Election.