The filing period of the May 20 party primary election ended at noon Monday. There were a couple of surprises.
Former Logan County Sheriff Ray Gack, who ran for both Sheriff and County Judge as a Democrat, filed for the Republican nomination for County Judge. He will face Mark Limbird, another former Logan County Sheriff, in the November general election. Limbird, a Democrat, and Gack are unopposed for their party nomination.
Incumbent Logan County Judge Gus Young announced in December that he is not seeking another two-year term in office.
Former Logan County Tax Collector Debbie Anhalt filed for the District 6 spot on the Logan County Court. Anhalt decided not to seek another term as Tax Collector in the 2012 election.
Her opponent in the Democratic primary for the Quorum Court seat is Mark Graham. Both candidates are from Paris and District 6 covers a portion of Paris.
The incumbent, Charles Pearson, isn’t seeking another term on the Quorum Court. Instead, he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Logan County Sheriff.
The race for County Sheriff is the most crowded on the ballot with three Democrats and two Republicans seeking their respective party nominations. The other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination are Sheriff Steve Smith, trying for a fifth term, and Tom Bruce, who is making his first race.
Republicans seeking the nomination for Sheriff are Joe Gilliam and Boyd Hicks. This is first time since 2000 that the GOP has had more than one candidate for County Sheriff.
With the filing period now over, ballot positions will be drawn at 11 a.m. Friday in the conference room of the Logan County Courthouse in Paris. The drawing is open to the public.
Here’s a list, by office, of the candidates who filed during the week-long filing period:
County Judge: Mark Limbird (D) and Ray Gack (R);
County Sheriff: Steve Smith, the incumbent, Tom Bruce and Charles Pearson (all Democrats); Boyd D. Hicks and Joe Gilliam (both Republicans);
County Clerk: Peggy Fitzjurls (D), the incumbent;
Circuit Clerk: F. Elaine Robertson (D). Incumbent clerk Everly Kellar isn’t running;
Tax Collector: Brittany Rogers (D), the incumbent;
County Coroner: Blake Schluterman (D), the incumbent;
County Treasurer: Mickey Parker Oates (D), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 1: Ken Hart (R), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 2: Lindell Parsons (R), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 3: Michael B. Schluterman (D), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 4: Joyce Koch (D), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 5: John O’Brien (R). The incumbent is not running.
Justice of the Peace District 6: Mark Graham and Debbie Anhalt (both Democrats);
Justice of the Peace District 7: Bob Krepps (independent) and the incumbent and Richard Harwell Patton (R).
Justice of the Peace District 8: James "Denny" Stone (independent) and the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 9: Eddie Finney (D), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 10: Jeanne Andrews (D), the incumbent;
Justice of the Peace District 11: Dottie L. Williams (D). The incumbent isn’t running.
Constable (various townships): Bobby Joe Turner, Monroe Robinson, Keith Downs, Robert A. Hunt, David Spicer, Lyndall Hamilton; Daniel W. Merry, Jason W. Massey and Robert F. Reames. All are unopposed.