Local candidates can file paperwork for election

Published 7:01 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2019

While voters just finished casting ballots for a general election in November, an arguably more important election will take place in 2019.

Candidates seeking statewide and countywide offices began filing their candidate qualifying papers Wednesday. The deadline to file the necessary paperwork is 5 p.m. March 1.

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According to Warren County Election Commissioner Sara Carlson Dionne, the candidate qualifying paperwork is processed “to make sure they’re qualified.”

“All papers and fees are forwarded to the party the candidate files with, and after the primary election, the election commission will rule on each candidate’s legal qualifications,” Dionne said.

The election commission will rule on independent candidate’s legal qualifications for county positions.

The county positions that will be on the August ballot include Warren County Sheriff, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, all three Justice Court judge posts, all three constables and all five Warren County Board of Supervisor seats.

Statewide races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor and State Treasurer will be on the ballot, as well as seats in the state legislature.

According to the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office, incumbents Jan Hyland Daigre and Donna Hardy — Circuit Clerk and Chancery Clerk respectively — filed their papers Wednesday.

Candidate information and forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website or at the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Primary elections will be held Aug. 6, with a runoff set for Aug. 27, if necessary. The general election will be held Nov. 5.