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Candidates brace for 2014 elections
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With five weeks to go before candidates may pick up petitions for the May 2014 primaries, the air is buzzing with who will seek election next year.
District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis is planning to defend her office. “I do want to run. It has been an honor to serve. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we have a lot more to do,” she said.
Zavogiannis is expected to face opposition from at least one person as attorney Robert Newman says he is likely to run.
“That is the plan,” said Newman. “I am getting lots of encouragment. Many people are being positive.”
Road Superintendent Levie Glenn said, “I have been thinking about it. I believe I will run again. I’ve had 20 years in road work. This is my first term as road superintendent. I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Warren County and want to continue serving. I believe I have managed the highway department well. I love my job.”
General Sessions/ Juvenile Court Judge Bill Locke said he plans to run again even though it seems like he just ran last year, which he did. Locke had to run in a special election last year because of the mid-term retirement of former judge Larry Ross.
It will be a big year as far as elections go with the following offices up for grabs in 2014. Listed with the offices are the people who currently hold the position:
• District Attorney – Lisa Zavogiannis
• General Sessions/ Juvenile Court Judge – Bill Locke
• Public Defender – Dan Bryant
• Sheriff – Jackie Matheny
• Circuit Court Judge – Bart Stanley
• County Clerk – Lesa Scott
• Register of Deeds – Terry Smith
• Trustee – Darlene Bryant
• Circuit Court Clerk – Bernie Morris
• Road Superintendent – Levie Glenn
• All 24 Warren County Commissioners
• Three School Board seats
The first day candidates may pick up petitions for the May primaries is Nov. 22. The qualifying deadline for May primaries is Feb. 20, 2014 at noon.
The qualifying dates also apply to independent candidates running for any office which will appear on the primary ballot. However, independents will not be on the ballot until August 2014. Independents do not run in primaries.
All petitions must be obtained from the Warren County Election Commission office located inside Warren County Administrative Offices at 201 Locust Street. Each petition must have the candidate’s name and office sought completed at the time the election office issues the petition.
An individual may pick up a petition on a candidate’s behalf. Also, an individual may return the petition for the candidate. However, only the candidate may complete the candidate’s section and the candidate’s signature on each page.
No copies of any petition will be accepted as a replacement for the original.
A candidate’s qualifying petition is required to have 25 nominating and verifiable signatures, other than the candidate’s signature. These signatures must be people who are eligible to vote for the candidate. It is recommended to obtain more signatures due to the fact many people signing the petition may not be registered voters.
All candidates are encouraged to return their nominating petition before the last day of the qualifying period to avoid missing the noon deadline.
Candidates for sheriff and road superintendent must file affidavits with state agencies two weeks before the qualifying deadline.
School Board candidates are required to file proof of high school graduation or proof of a GED.