With so many candidates filing their intent to run for local races 
in the 2018 election, it was no surprise that Wednesday, November 8 
was a busy day at the Wayne County Clerk's Office. That was the first 
day that candidates could officially file for office in next year's 
races.
    County Clerk Josephine Gregory announced her retirement earlier this 
year, which has left the field wide open for candidates for her 
office. And that is the race that has attracted the most candidates. 
Five people have filed to run for county clerk, including Heather 
Morrow Piercy, Donna Huffaker Blevins, James B. Sloan, Anthony 
Reynolds, and Forrest R. Hicks. All five are republicans and would 
face off in the May primary election.
    The decision by Hicks, who is currently serving as Wayne County 
Coroner, to seek the clerk's position leaves a vacancy in that 
office. So far, two candidates have filed for coroner, including his 
brother, Gordon L. Hicks, a republican, and local chiropractor Jeff 
Smith, also a republican.
    Two republicans have filed for Wayne County Jailer, including former 
jailer Ray Upchurch and former police officer and deputy Ronnie A. 
Ellis.
    Several incumbents filed early, letting their intentions be known to 
potential challengers. They include District One Magistrate Ronnie 
Turner, a republican, District Two Magistrate Jeffrey Dishman, a 
democrat, District Three Magistrate Dale Vaughn, a republican, Thomas 
G. Simmons, a republican, for County Attorney, Bobby R. Upchurch II, 
a republican for Property Valuation Administrator and Patricia Lay, a 
republican for Circuit Clerk.
    Some challengers have already joined those races, including Jonathan 
Dobbs, a republican, and Goble Bertram, a democrat, who have filed as 
candidates for District Four Magistrate. Billy New, a republican, has 
filed for District Two Magistrate.
    The final day to file as a candidate for local offices that appear 
on the May primary ballot will be January 30 at 4 p.m. Check next 

week's Outlook for additional information about candidate filings.

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