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Vacant commission seat yet to attract candidate

After more than a month of qualifying, no one has picked up papers to run for the vacant 3rd District seat on the Warren County Commission.

The qualifying deadline for this seat is Friday, June 12, at noon.

To be eligible to run, a resident must live in the 3rd District, which is the Smartt Station/ Westwood area, be at least 18 years old, and obtain 25 signatures from registered voters who live in the 3rd District.

“Normally there are at least a couple people who are interested, but I really haven’t heard anything about this seat,” said election administrator Susie Davenport. “I don’t know if it’s because of COVID-19 or what. This has been open since April and no one has even picked up papers.”

Richard Grissom resigned from the seat in April. This gave the Warren County Commission the option to fill the post with a temporary appointee in May.

However, with the seat set to be on the general election ballot in August, commissioners opted to leave the position vacant for about three months and let the voters decide who to elect. 

Thus far, no candidates are emerging.

If no candidate or candidates emerge by this Friday’s deadline, the 3rd District seat will be put on the November ballot when residents go to the polls to vote for U.S. President. The Warren County Commission would once again have the option of appointing an interim person until November.

With the open seat, the County Commission is one member shy of its full 24-member legislative body.