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
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.
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.