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Twelve have qualified for assessor race
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An even dozen, including a father and son, will vie for the Assessor of Property post up for grabs next year with the retirement of longtime Property Assessor Carolyn Miller.
That number, however, could change as candidates have until this Thursday at noon to fill out and return their petitions to the election office complete with the signatures of 25 registered Warren County voters. The flurry of activity comes after Miller announced she will not seek another term after serving for 20 years.
Presently, the Democratic primary early next year will see nine candidates competing for one spot in the General Election in August. The present Democratic field includes realtor Jacob Smith, County Commissioner and Nursery Research Station employee Morris D. Bond, realtor and auctioneer Randy England, Assessor of Property employee Beth Martin, First National Bank employee Helen G. Martin, retired Comptroller of Treasury employee Morford R. Bryant, Rooms to Go contractor Jeff McGee, real estate broker Mia-Lan Powers, Warren County Tack and Feed owner and former Tas-T-O Donut owner David S. Hill, and farmer and former store owner Michael G. Hillis, the latter of whom is yet to return his petition but says he intends to run and will return his papers this week.
Two candidates have qualified as Independents meaning they will both advance to the August election. The Independents include real estate broker Danny Clay Martin and Walmart employee Paul Studer.
Studer will be joined in the August showdown by his father, ambulance service employee William D. Studer who is the only person to qualify as a Republican.