Candidates file for March primary

Two countywide elected offices will be contested on the March 20 Republican primary in Piatt County.

Two-term Sheriff David W. Hunt of Monticello will be challenged by Kyle R. Turngren of Cisco, both of whom filed nominating petitions last week.

Incumbent Circuit Clerk Laurie A. Birch of Bement is being challenged by Seth E. Floyd of Monticello. Both are also Republicans. Birch was appointed to the office in April of this year after Garel Spainhour resigned due to health concerns. The next elected Circuit Clerk will serve a two-year term.

Unless the Democratic party nominates a candidate to run in the general election in November of 2018, the Republican primary should decide the winner for those two offices.

Two county board seats will also be contested, but not until the general election in November of 2018.

Those filing nominating petitions for elected posts by the deadline (and for which party’s primary) this past Monday were:

Sheriff – David W. Hunt (R) (incumbent), Kyle R. Turngren (R)

County Clerk – Jennifer Harper (R) (incumbent)

Treasurer – Debbie Marshall (R)

Circuit Clerk – Laurie A. Birch (R) (incumbent), Seth E. Floyd (R)

County Board District #1 – Ray Spencer (R) (incumbent), Mary Lucille Hays (D)

County Board District #2 – Shannon D. Carroll (R), Leonard R. Rumery (D)

County Board District #3 – Randy D. Shumard (R) (incumbent)

Also expected to be on the ballot is a referendum asking Monticello school district voters to fund a $29.8 million renovation of the high school/Washington Elementary campus. On Dec. 20, the school board is expected to consider a resolution that would place a question on the March 20 primary ballot.

Four candidates filed in Springfield for the 101st District House seat: Republicans Todd Henricks, Dan Caulkins and Randy Keith; and Democrat Jennifer McMillin.



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