Early voting for the May 22 preferential primaries will begin Monday, May 7.

Votes can be cast in Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls’ offices in the Booneville or Paris courthouses from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Monday, May 21.

All voting on Tuesday, May 22 will be handled at the polls.

There are three contested races for county offices on the ballot. Because of a change in the state’s constitution, county offices now have four-year terms of office.

Jason W. Massey, and Jason Parsons, both Republicans, are seeking to replace incumbent Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks, who announced last year he will not seek another term. There is no Democratic candidate so winning the primary is tantamount to winning the office.

Logan County Judge Ray Gack drew a challenge in the Republican primary from Randy Trusty. There is no Democratic candidate so winning the primary is tantamount to winning the election.

Democrat incumbent County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls also drew a party opponent from Tracye Hughes. There is no Republican candidate, so winning the primary is tantamount to winning the election.

County Clerk Elaine Robertson (D), Tax Assessor Shannon Cotton (D), Treasurer Mickey Oates (D) and Coroner Blake Schluterman (D), all incumbents, are unopposed.

There is also a race for the Paris School Board on the ballot. Position 5 incumbent Wanda Keener isn’t seeking re-election. Candidates in the race are Dustin Schluterman and Beth Ullrich. School board races used to be held in September. However, districts now have the option of holding races the same day as the primary. The position has a five-year term of office.