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Seven seek position of property assessor
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Interest is large in the upcoming election for the property assessor office as seven prospective candidates have picked up qualifying papers.
With the announcement longtime property assessor Carolyn Miller will retire at the end of her present term, which expires Sept. 1, candidates have begun lining up in anticipation of the March primary.
At present, all seven people who have picked up petitions have announced they will run as Democrats. Those picking up papers thus far are Jacob Smith, Morris D. Bond, Beth Martin, Morford R. Bryant, Jeff McGee, Randy England, and Helen G. Martin.
The latter two, England and Martin, have both returned their papers and have qualified for the Democratic Primary. The remaining potential candidates have until noon Dec. 8 to return their completed papers. Qualifying papers may be picked up and returned at any point between now and Dec. 8.
In addition to those picking up qualifying papers, election administrator Donna Smith says she has been informed the local Republican Party intends to hold a primary which will be held alongside the Democratic Primary in March. There have been no candidates picking up papers as Republicans to this point.
Those wishing to run as independents would not have to compete at the polls until the August general election. However, all candidates for the property assessor office must qualify by Dec. 8 no matter their party or independent status.