Qualifying underway

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018

By  Kendra Majors

The Brewton Standard

At present, qualifying is under way for the Republican Party, and will begin Friday for the Democratic party for candidates seeking office in their respective primaries, set for June 5, 2018.

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County seats up for election include probate judge, sheriff, county commission district 1, 3 and 5, and county school board seats 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, as well as circuit clerk, one circuit judge seat, Alabama House of Representatives – District 66 and Alabama Senate – District 22.

The probate judge seat is currently held by Doug Agerton.

Sheriff Grover Smith has announced he will not seek re-election. Chief Deputy Mike Lambert has announced he intends to seek the Democratic nomination.

On the Republican side, Heath Jackson qualified as a candidate for the Republican nomination for sheriff.

David Stokes currently represents District 1 on the county commission; Larry White represents the county commission on District 3 and David Quarker represents District 5.

Kevin Hoomes represents District 1; Danny Benjamin represents District 2; Mike Edwards represents District 3; Willie J. Grissett represents District 5; Coleman Wallace represents District 7. Wallace has qualified to run as a Republican.

The circuit clerk position is held by John Robert Fountain;  Circuit Judge Bert Rice will not run for re-election; Alan Baker currently represents District 66 in the House; and Greg Albritton represents District 22.

Democratic Executive Committee’s Mike Godwin said Tuesday that locally qualifying will run from 8 a.m., on Friday to 5 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 9.

Godwin said that qualifying fees are as follows: $827 for the county commission; $2,343 for sheriff; judge of probate $2,300 and board of education $216.

Godwin said those who wish to qualify on the Democratic ticket should do so at Otts, Moore, Godwin and Stearns in Brewton. For more info, call 251-867-7224.

For more information on qualifying for the Republican ticket, visit escambiacountygopwin.gop, or call Jackie Gay at 251-809-4322.