By Dave Russell
So far, nine people have expressed an interest in running for nine local seats opening in Jackson County.
Candidates for all offices who take in money or begin campaigning must inform the Board of Elections of their intent to run, according to Jackson County Board of Elections Director Lisa Lovedahl.
Candidates not ready to buy ads, put out road signs or otherwise campaign before filing don’t have to take that step, she said.
The filing period for the 2022 elections opens at noon Monday, Dec. 6, and closes at noon Friday, Dec. 17.
All three incumbents on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners – Board Chair Brian McMahan, Boyce Deitz in District 2 and Gayle Woody in District 1 – have announced they will file. The trio are all Democrats.
The board consists of five members elected for staggered, four-year terms. Elections are countywide, but commissioners must live in the district they represent. One commissioner is elected for each district, with the exception of the chairman, who is elected countywide.
Board of Education
Members of the Jackson County Board Of Education are elected on primary day, instead of Election Day. Three seats on the board will be on the ballot – the District 2 seat of Abigail Clayton, District 4 seat of Board Chair Ali Laird-Large and District 5 seat of Margaret McRae. As of presstime, no candidates had registered.
Clerk of Court
As of Friday, Albert Reagan and Kim Poteet had registered to run for Jackson County Clerk of Superior Court.
Ann Melton retires at the end of her term in late 2022, the first time since 2006 her name won’t be on the ballot. Melton has held the position for 17 years.
Register of Deeds
Joe Hamilton retired as Register of Deeds in October after a 23-year career recording titles, marriages, births and more. Jackson County Democratic Party leaders met last Tuesday and voted Deputy Register of Deeds Shandra Sims to fill the post for the rest of Hamilton’s term. Sims has informed the Board of Elections she intends to run in 2022, Lovedahl said.
Jackson County Sheriff
Three candidates for Jackson County sheriff – former Sheriff Jimmy Ashe, Robin Gunnells and Rick Buchanan – have informed the Board of Elections they intend to run.