There will be a contested race for the vacant 3rd District seat on the Warren County Commission.
Bill Martin and Kasey Owens both qualified to run before Friday’s deadline. They will be on the ballot in August.
It will be the first time seeking office for both candidates. Martin said he decided to run after reading a story in the Wednesday edition of the Standard that said no one had committed to run with just two days to go.
“It concerned me that no one had picked up papers because it’s an important position,” said Martin. “When I mentioned it to my wife that I hoped someone good would step forward and decide to run, she said, ‘What about you?’ I really couldn’t say anything at that point. I’ve never run for office before and never thought about it. There are some good folks on the County Commis-sion and I hope to add one more.”
Owens said she too was concerned that no one had taken an interest in running for the 3rd District seat.
“I was born and raised in Warren County and I would love to be up there to make sure everything goes according to plan,” said Owens. “If you’re going to be a public servant you should love the community in which you live and I love Warren County.”
The seat came open with the resignation of Richard Grissom in April. The County Commission had the opportunity to appoint an interim person in May to fill the role until the August election but opted to leave the seat vacant.
After the election, the County Commission will once again be at full strength with 24 members. The 3rd District is the Westwood and Smartt Station areas.