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County races attract few candidates

June 13, 2006

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Only one primary county office is up for grabs this year, and it now has only one candidate: The incumbent.

By the time the state candidate filing deadline had come and gone at noon Monday, Charles Jones was the only one running for 1st District county commissioner. The 54-year-old Democrat is seeking his third term in office.

Jones said he wasn't sure what to make of his lone candidate status. "I hope it means that people feel good about the job I do," he said. "I still love doing it. The fact that you love your work, love your community and enjoy public service is very gratifying."

Only two townships will have contested races for clerks. Two Democrats, Gerald Dwyer and Charles V. Williams, will face each other in the Aug. 1 primary for clerk in Wakarusa Township. The winner will face Republican, Steve R. Brownin the Nov. 7 general election.

In Palmyra Township, Republicans Janet Ballinger and Don Johnson will be on the primary ballot.

No candidates filed for clerks in Eudora and Marion townships, County Clerk Jamie Shew said. Write-in votes will determine those positions, he said.

Three Franklin County Commission positions are up for elections and primary elections will be needed in all three. The candidates are:

District 1: Incumbent Donald E. Waymire, Ottawa, Republican; and Sue Farrell, Ottawa, Republican.

District 4: Incumbent Donald C. Hay, Ottawa, Republican; and Larry L. Thurston, Princeton, Republican.

District 5: Incumbent Donald R. Stottlemire, Rantoul, Republican; Larry W. Skeet, Lane, Republican; and Norm Wooge, Ottawa, Republican.

Juanita P. Simms, Rantoul, was the only Democrat to file in the district.

In Jefferson County, there is only one county office race, for 1st District commissioner. Incumbent Republican Lynn Luck is being challenged by Republican Donald Edmonds.

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