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Running for office? It's time to qualify
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After months of campaigning, qualifying papers can finally be picked up for the 2022 elections.

Monday, Dec. 20 is the first day to pick up papers to run for office for the Republican and Democratic primary elections May 3. Independents running for the General Election on Aug. 4 can also pick up papers.

Susie Davenport, administrator of elections, says potential candidates can begin picking up petitions from the Warren County Election Commission this Monday. From there, candidates need to obtain the signatures of 25 registered voters who reside in the jurisdiction covered by the office, and return the petition to the Election Commission no later than 12 p.m. noon on Feb. 17.

Races with a May 3 primary include 31st District Circuit Court Judge, District Attorney General, Public Defender, Sheriff and County Executive.

In addition, all County Commissioners and the offices of Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Road Superintendent and Trustee will appear on the Warren County Republican and Democratic primary elections May 3.

“This qualifying period applies to anyone running for these offices,” said Davenport. “Independent candidates will not appear until the Aug. 4 General Election ballot, but they must qualify at the same time as the Republican and Democratic primary candidates.”

Even though qualifying papers aren’t available until Monday, several people have already announced their intentions to run.

Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley will seek another term. Proclaiming a desire to prevent that is Republican and local attorney Scott Horton.

District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis will seek a third term. Local attorney Chris Stanford, a Republican, has announced his intent to run against Zavogiannis.

Sheriff Tommy Myers will seek a second term. Jackie Matheny Jr. proclaimed in September he will seek that office.

County Executive Jimmy Haley, an Independent, will seek another term. Commissioner Joseph Stotts (R) and former commissioner Terry Bell (R) are primary candidates that have announced thus far.

Announcements have been made for General Sessions Judge, where Ryan J. Moore will seek his first term, and for Public Defender, where John Partin will seek his second term.

For specific information or questions about running for office, come by the Election Commission at 201 Locust Street, Suite 3, or call (931) 473-5834.