There will be a pair of contested races for mayor in the cities of Auburn and Adairville.
The deadline to file for elected office in Logan County’s smaller cities was Tuesday and most of those who will be running waited until the last couple of days to turn in their paperwork.
In Adairville, the two running for mayor are current mayor Jim Wilkerson and sitting council member Donna Blake. The two also ran head-to-head for the office four years ago with Wilkerson winning by an extremely thing 9-vote margin. Wilkerson is seeking his third term as Adairville mayor.
In Auburn, current mayor Dewey Roche is not seeking re-election, but three others will be vying to take his place. They are sitting council member Mike Hughes, Wayne Thomas, who currently serves as utilities director for the city of Russellville, and Maxie Rittenberry, who ran for mayor four years ago and lost to Roche.
Both those cities, as well as Lewisburg, will be electing city councils as well.
Nine people filed to run for the Adairville city council - Becky Tinch, Patty Costello, Danny Finch, Art Violette, Dick Dickerson, Patricia Arnold Mayes, Bill Steen, Michelle Trimble and Brent Johnson. The top six votegetters will be elected to the council.
In Auburn, there will be also be nine names on the ballot for city council. They are Steve Montgomery, Bobby Price, Rex Evans, Thelma Cottrell, Shane Johnson, Gayle Gregory, James Wayne Gregory, Jessie Duer and Norma Kutzman.
Only three people registered to run for the Lewisburg city council - Shirley S. Woodward, Jeff Laster and Melanie Palmgren.
Candidates have until Oct. 24 to file to run as a write-in candidate.
Other positions which had a filing deadline on Tuesday included some school board seats and the soil conservation board.
Those who will be on the ballot for the North Logan Soil Conservation board include R.W. Bobby Brown, Ernest B. “Ernie” Ezell, Dewayne Sharp, Warren Stuart and Anthony Woodall. The top four votegetters will make up the board. Only four signed up for the South Logan Soil Conservation board. They are Thomas B. Brown, Jr., Eddy Russell, Bob E. Allen and Jeff Campbell.
There will also be some school board positions on the ballot, but no contested races. Three spots will be filled for the Logan County School Board - Phillip Baker (Chandlers), Ralph Cropper (Lewisburg) and Johnny Dawson (Olmstead.) Davonna Page and Phillip West are the only two people to register for the two open seats on the Russellville Independent School Board.
The remainder of the term for deceased third district magistrate Curtis Watkins will also be on the ballot. Barry Joe Wright was appointed to that position back in the spring. He had to file to run in the November election for the final two years of the term, but he will be unopposed on the ballot as no one else registered for the position.
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, Logan County clerk Scottie 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.