A Democrat and Republican will go head-to-head for the office of Warren County Assessor of Property in 2020.
Qualifying papers were received by incumbent Beth Martin (D) and Jeff T. McGee (R) by Thursday’s qualifying deadline. However, the field is not set until noon on Dec. 19. Candidates have until then to withdraw, but both candidates say they aren’t withdrawing.
Martin will be vying for a third term, while McGee is seeking his first. The two are former rivals. In 2012, they ran as Democratic opponents when Martin won her first term of office.
The field of candidates was large in that race after longtime Property Assessor Carolyn Miller announced her retirement after 20 years.
“There were 11 in that race,” said McGee. “It was very difficult to do anything with 11 people. I lost in the primaries. This time, I have decided to run as a Republican. Some people tried to talk me into running as a Republican candidate in 2012, but I decided against it. We’ll see how well that works out for me.”
Because McGee has chosen a different party, he and Martin will skip the primaries in 2020 and face off in the general election in August. It is the only county government election on the ballot.
“I enjoy my job and I enjoy helping the citizens of Warren County,” said Martin. “As property assessor, I will continue to treat everybody equal and fair when it comes to property assessing.”
McGee expects a good race.
“I like Beth,” he said. “We got along well during the last election and I expect we will this time. I do feel Warren County is ready for a change though. I’m ready to serve the citizens of Warren County as their next property assessor.”
The next qualifying period in Warren County opens Feb. 3 and will be for School Board seats for Districts 2, 4 and 6 and constable offices in Districts 3, 4 and 11. Qualifying deadline is April 2. Constables and School Board members run as independents.
According to election administrator Susie Davenport, the constable openings are due to appointments where an elected official was not able to finish the term either by death or moving out of their district.