With over a month still to go before deadline falls, a third of the county’s constable spots are still uncontested although there are candidates for each of the 12 unpaid state positions.
Unlike most local offices, for which deadline fell this past Thursday, the constable position has no party primary and therefore has its qualifying deadline set with that of school board and state representative at noon April 3. Elections for the positions will be held as part of the General Election in August.
The potentially contested seats thus far, meaning those for which more than one possible candidate has picked up qualifying papers, include the 10th District where Larry W. Harris is set to take on Kenneth L. King. Next door in the 11th District it would appear to be Raymond “Ramie” Roberts facing Mark A. Stewart. Another northern district, the 12th District, may see Michael W. Duggin taking on R. Stan Phillips.
The one other contested district thus far is the 7th District where Jason Dodson is looking at a challenge from Shawn P. McCarver.
The remaining districts all have one candidate at this point. They include Mark J. Guertin in the 1st, Phillip (Tank) Young in the 2nd, David Pennington in the 3rd, Anthony Sorren in the 4th, Jim Cunningham in the 5th, Howard E. Pennington Jr. in the 6th, Karl V. Day in the 8th and Louis Battles in the 9th.