With 34 candidates running for 18 seats on the Marshall County Commission, five candidates for sheriff and three for county mayor, there's sure to be someone to like on the county's Aug. 5 general election ballot.
Still, there's a lack of candidates for some elections. Most notably, Kristen Gold, the 3rd District incumbent on the school board, didn't file a petition to be named on the ballot, and nobody else filed to run for the seat. So, unless a write-in campaign is waged, that post will be filled by a vote of county commissioners sworn in to start terms in September.
Meanwhile, three countywide officials are running unopposed and will continue as road superintendent, register of deeds and trustee. And school board members representing Districts 2, 5 and 6 are unopposed while District 9 school board member Craig Michael is being challenged by Donnie Moses.
All nine of the county commission races have competition with at least three candidates running for the two seats for each district.
In Districts 4 and 5, there are five candidates competing for two commission seats.
Districts 2 and 3 have four candidates running. In the 2nd District, two incumbents face two newcomers. In the 3rd District, one incumbent faces three challengers.
County commission races are won by a plurality, meaning the top two vote-getters win the open seats.
The last day to register to vote is July 6, a Tuesday. Early voting is July 16-31.
Marshall County Elections Administrator Jo Ann Henry confirmed the list of names available for the ballot and announced that at 10 a.m. April 21 the county's Election Commission is to meet although an agenda had not been set yet. The board meets in the Hardison Office Annex on College Street where early voting is conducted.
Here's the line-up of candidates for all the offices in Marshal County's General Election.
* County Mayor
Joe Boyd Liggett, Scottie Poarch and Mike Spence.
* Register of Deeds
Dorris Wayne Weaver is running unopposed.
* Road Superintendent
Jerry Williams is running unopposed.
* School Board
District 2 for a two-year term, the unexpired part of a previous office holder: Harvey Jones who is running unopposed.
District 3: The incumbent Kristen Gold did not file for re-election, so far there is no candidate for that seat on the school board, however a write-in candidate could file a certificate asking the election commission to count their ballots in that race.
District 5: Mike Keny is unopposed.
District 6: Barbara Kennedy is unopposed
District 9: Craig Michael is being challenged by Donnie Moses.
Roger Fagan, Norman Dalton, David Ray, Steven Woodward and Jackie King.
Marilyn Ervin is unopposed.
* Circuit Court Clerk
Keith Hollingsworth is challenging Elinor Foster again.
* County Commission
District 1: Dean Delk, Craig Blackwell, Mike Waggoner.
District 2: Rocky Bowden, Ernest W. Hill Jr., Rick Seaton, William E. Murphy Jr.
District 3: Justin Whitsett, Barry Spivey, Anna Childress, Tony Williams.
District 4: Mickey King, Jimmy Wolaver, Will Walker, Camuel Harmon Sr., Kevin VanHooser.
District 5: Don Ledford, Larry D. Thomas, Jeff Taylor, William Keith Pigue, David Orr.
District 6: Sheldon Davis, John Christmas, Tony Beyer.
District 7: Reynelle Peacock Smith, Seth Warf, Ricky Tears.
District 8: Phil Willis, Wilford Wentzel, Linda Williams-Lee, John Richard Hill Jr.
District 9: Carla J. Powell, Tom Sumners, Nathan Johnson III.
Thursday was the deadline for candidates to withdraw from elections so their names would not appear on the prepared ballots.
No one withdrew, but two prospective candidates obtained petitions, but did not file them to be on the ballot. They are Matthew Stout who might have been a candidate for county commission in District 1, and Jackie J. King Jr. who might have been a candidate for county commission in District 4.