Ten candidates are running for county executive, two of the hopefuls throwing their hats in the ring at the last second.
Local businessman Stan “Butch” Bullen and former county executive candidate Bob Warren both picked up papers and qualified to run during the last week of qualifying. They will be among a large field which will not include incumbent County Executive John Pelham who chose not to run for another term.
The field will not only see an active August, but it will also see two contested primaries. On the Democratic side David H. Hill, Hackett Lee Lance, Kenneth Rogers, Bob Warren and Herschel Wells Sr., will face off.
On the Republican side, Danny Orr and John Shields will go one-on-one. Both parties will advance one nominee.
Those nominees will face three new opponents who are running as independents. They are Jeff Bottoms, Butch Bullen and Jonathan Ferrell.
While not drawing a huge field like County Executive, Sheriff Jackie Matheny will face opposition right off the bat when he is challenged by former local investigator and longtime lawman Bobby Edwards in the May Democratic Primary. The winner of the primary will advance to take on two longtime lawmen and former sheriff’s candidates, Michael “Doc” Smith and Danice Taylor, who are running as independents.
Register of Deeds Terry K. Smith will face a three-way contest in August when he is challenged by independents Charlie King and Patsy McCormack Paquette.
Road Superintendent Levie Glenn will face his competition in August when he is challenged by independent candidate Bobby Turner.
County Court Clerk Lesa Scott and Trustee Darlene Bryant can take a four-year campaign break since no one is running against them this year.