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The Scoop - Election ride is about to begin
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The field is set and a wild ride appears to be in store as we barrel toward the county elections in August.

For anyone who has ever wanted new leadership in government, for anyone who has ever clamored for change, now is the time to seize that opportunity.

The election ballot has been set and the biggest thing I notice is the high level of interest in serving on the Warren County Commission. There are 50 candidates running for 24 seats, making contested races all across the county except for the 6th District.

Three districts have five candidates running for office, while the 10th District has seven candidates who have qualified. Looking back at the 10th District race four years ago, there were 878 votes cast for county commissioners. Depending on how the votes are distributed this time, the two winning candidates might just need 150 votes.

When looking at the countywide race for sheriff, seven candidates have qualified. After the Democratic Primary eliminates one, there will be six in the General Election.

Looking at the totals four years ago, there were 8,149 votes cast in the 2014 race for sheriff. Divided evenly by six, that's 1,358 votes.

Considering some candidates will get over that amount, and some under than amount, we're realistically looking at 2,000 votes as enough to be elected sheriff.

The race for county executive just got more interesting with the addition of two candidates, Ray Hixson and Allie Hyatt, qualifying to run. They join political veterans Terry Bell and Jimmy Haley on the ballot.

As mayor of McMinnville, we know Haley is extremely popular in the city, but is that popularity spread throughout the county? We know Bell would never lose an election on his home turf of Midway, but will he be able to capture the city vote? And how much will Hyatt and Hixson impact the race, or could one of them win it?

These are all questions I'm anxious to have answered as the campaign trail beats a path toward Election Day in August.

The only thing I don't like about this election field is two candidates are running without opposition. Road Superintendent Levie Glenn and County Court Clerk Lesa Scott both get free rides for four more years of office.

This is not to suggest I don't like Levie and Lesa, or think they do a sub-par job. On the contrary, I think they are both qualified and efficient and they do their jobs well from my experience in dealing with them.

My contention is everyone needs to be held accountable, whether they're doing a spectacular job or a lousy one. There's no way to hold an elected official accountable if they automatically get four more years without anyone running against them. That's my only complaint from the 2018 field.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.