Crowded Ballot Set for Lauderdale County

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

In Lauderdale County, there is a crowded ballot. The circuit clerk's office was ready for any last-minute surprises late Tuesday afternoon.

"You have candidates waiting to see if anybody will come in to run against them," said Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson. "Then you might have a surprise or two to walk up."

However, only one candidate qualified on the last day. That was Gregory Lane for District 2 supervisor.

But on the first day for qualifying in January, twenty-four people filed their paperwork.

Johnson said that broke a record. Since then, she has found that the most highly contested races are where an incumbent is not seeking re-election.

But she says 2011 will be an interesting year for local elections, as many people have qualified for county supervisors' races.

"This has been a good year for supervisors. Four years ago, we had 96 people on the ballot, but that is from governor on down to constable," said Johnson. "So we expect a large ballot again this year. We have had mostly Republican candidates to qualify; the Democrats have been showing up in the last two weeks."

Johnson hung signs to make sure no one missed the filing deadline by mistake. She said the number of candidates who have qualified this election is right where it was during the last election.

"From this point on, of course, the redistricting is still going on," said Johnson. "That is the process that falls under supervisor. They are having input from judges. The school board will also get involved in the school board lines, but they aren't until next year, so they will put that on the back burner."

Party primaries are Aug.2. The general election is Nov. 8.

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