|March 17 Primary has little to offer at county level|
LAWRENCEVILLE - Likely amidst little fanfare, Lawrence County voters will go to the polls on March 17 in a primary election.
"As of this time, there aren't a lot of local races to capture the interest of the public," said Lawrence County Clerk Will C. Gibson.
While there are plenty of local names on both the Republican and Democratic ballots, there is only one race that is actually being contested - for clerk of the Lawrence Circuit Court on the Republican ticket.
With long-time holder of the office, Peggy Frederick, set to retire, Jennifer Adams, Nikki Hobbs, Kelly Wolfe and Cheryl Winkles have all filed to run as Republicans. The winner will face Tonya M. Cox, the only Democrat who seeks the office, in the Nov. 3 election.
As of now, it looks as though only one other race will be contested in November, as a lot of candidates will apparently be unopposed.
The one race that will be contested is for the District 6 seat on the Lawrence County Board. David White is on the Republican ballot in the primary, while Ryan M. Curtis is on the Democratic ballot. Barring anything unforseen, those two will slug it out for a county board spot in November.
Gibson stresses that it's "our civic duty and our right" to vote in elections.
"We should all be responsible and appreciate that," he said. "We encourage all of the citizens of Lawrence County to get out and vote for the candidate of your choice."
At the county level on the Republican ballot, State's Attorney Michael M. Strange and Coroner Shannon M. Steffey are unopposed in the primary. They'll also face no opposition in November, as there are no Democrats running for those offices.
Likewise Republican members of the Lawrence County Board Thomas Robinson (District 1), David M. Burgett, Jr. (District 2), Dustin Meadows (District 3), and board chairman James A. Brewer (District 5) will face no opposition in either the spring or the fall.
Running unopposed on the Democratic ticket for committeeperson spots are Mark K. Primus (Allison 1), Jeff Mumaw (Bond 3), Gary A. Huber (Bridgeport 6), Kay L. McAdow (Lawrence 13), John W. Shuppert (Lawrence 14), Austin R. Alexander (Lawrence 17) and Roy E. Pesch (Lawrence 23). Unopposed on the Republican ticket for those same positions are Cindy Grounds (Lawrence 16), Grant McDonald (Lawrence 18) and Beth Robinson (Russell 27).
Polls on March 17 will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Early voting started at the Lawrence County Courthouse on Feb. 6. Voters may do so in Gibson's office from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, voters may request ballots through the mail by contacting Gibson's office at 943-2346.