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County races fill ballot as voting begins
Two races decided in primaries
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The finish line is in sight for two races which will be determined in the May primary, early voting for which begins Wednesday.While the Democratic and Republican primaries will serve to trim the herd before the August general election in which nearly every county office is up for grabs, the races for public defender and circuit court clerk will be over May 6. This is because all candidates seeking the two offices are running in the Democratic Primary. The winners will face no opposition either from Republicans or independents.Incumbent 31st Judicial District Public Defender Dan Bryant is seeking a third term in the office which he won 16 years ago after then-incumbent Dale Potter left office to run for, and win, the district attorney’s position.Running against him is local attorney John Partin, who is with Galligan & Newman law firm.Along with Partin and Bryant facing a showdown, Circuit Court Clerk Bernie Morris is facing opposition for the first time since she was first elected in 1994.