Aside from the presidential primary, voters won’t have to linger long over the ballot in March as the two local races are uncontested.
Beth Woodlee Martin will be re-elected to her second term of office as Assessor of Property without opposition as she was the only one to qualify before qualifying deadline at noon Thursday. She qualified to run as a Democrat, meaning she will be part of the March 1 primary which will feature both primaries for U.S. President.
Martin will then advance to run in the general election in August, an election that will see races for three seats on the Warren County Board of Education. Their qualifying deadlines will come later, as will any constable vacancies to be elected at that time.
Martin succeeded longtime Property Assessor Carolyn Miller, who retired and is now serving as a county commissioner. Martin served under Miller for about five years before running in 2012 to follow her in office upon her retirement.
Assessor of Property is the only major county office that still has its election date separate from the other county offices. Elections for offices like sheriff, county clerk, register of deeds, county executive and other county offices will be held in 2018. All are four-year terms.
The same path to office will be true for Linda Atnip Jones, who will succeed her late husband, Billy Earl Jones, who passed away last month. She will be elected to fill the 6th District County Commission seat without opposition.
Her County Commission seat is the only commission race on the ballot this year. Commissioners serve four-year terms. She will serve the balance of her late husband’s term.