The deadline to file to run for political office in some Logan County races is Tuesday at 4 p.m. and there are only a small handful of candidates that have filed to run so far.
“I hope that they will get in here and file either Monday or Tuesday,” said Logan County clerk Scottie Harper. “Because once the deadline comes and goes, they will not be on the ballot and they will have to file as a write-in candidate if they still want to run.”
The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Oct. 24.
The city councils for Auburn, Adairville and Lewisburg will all be on the Nov. 6 ballot, but as of Thursday, only four total people have filed to run in those races.
Steve Montgomery has filed for Auburn city council, Shirley S. Woodward has filed for the Lewisburg city council and Becky Tinch and Patty Costello have filed for Adairville city council. Each city council has six seats that must be filled. If enough people do not run for election, they will be filled by appointment.
Adairville and Auburn will also be electing mayors this year. No one has yet filed for Adairville, but current city councilman Mike Hughes has filed for Auburn.
There are some other positions that have a filing deadline of Tuesday, Aug. 14. Those include the North and South Logan soil conservation district commissioners, and the Logan County school board seats for Chandlers, Lewisburg and Olmstead.
Phillip Baker has filed to run for the Chandlers board seat and Ralph Cropper has filed for the Lewisburg seat, but as of Thursday, no one had filed for the Olmstead seat.
Other races that will be on the ballot in November include state senator, state representative, circuit court clerk and the Russellville city council.
The filing deadline for each of those positions has already passed, however.
For state senator, incumbent Democrat Joey Pendleton will be challenged by Republican Whitney Westerfield. Incumbent Democrat Martha Jane King is running for state representative against Republican challenger Christ Hightower. Sherry Wilkins is running unopposed for circuit court clerk.
And on the Russellville city council ballot will be the six current members of the council – Bill Decker, Jimmy Davenport, Darlene Gooch, Pat Bell, Sandra Kinser and Jack Whipple and they will be challenged by Marvinia Neblett, Archie Beck, Lora Murphy and Doug Nash.
Also, Harper wants voters to know that he will be having a machine in his office beginning Oct. 3 for absentee voting.
“The law says it has to be open for 14 days prior to Election Day, and we’ve had it open for 21 days in the past, but now we’re going to do it for a month,” Harper said.