Filings for county offices opened Tuesday and already two races are shaping up.
As reported by the county clerk, Republican Harold Gallaher and Democrat Linda Dickerson filed for the position of St. Francois County Presiding Commissioner on Tuesday. Current Presiding Commissioner Dr. David Cramp has announced he does not intend to file.
Gallaher of Bismarck, a St. Francois County businessman, announced his intent to file in December.
Dickerson is currently a member of the Park Hills City Council and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County. She announced her intent to file earlier this month.
Incumbent Connie Black, a Democrat, is also facing opposition in her bid for Auditor. Republican Bret Burgess also filed for the office.
Black was appointed to the position last February after Judy Ellis retired. Black has been with the Auditor’s Office since 1977 and had served as chief deputy auditor since 1979.
Burgess, a local businessman, has served a term as a county commissioner.
Also on Tuesday, Democrat Shawn McCarver filed for Associate Judge Division 4, the position he currently holds.
Democrat Mark Hedrick refiled for another term as County Clerk and Democrat Pamela J. Williams refiled for County Collector.
Democrat Steve Grider refiled for Recorder of Deeds and Democrat Vicki J. Weible has refiled for Circuit Clerk.
Democrat Wendy Wexler Horn filed for Associate Judge Division 3, the position she currently holds, while Jerrod D. Mahurin refiled for Prosecuting Attorney.
For the St. Francois Township Committeewoman, Democrat Emily Firebaugh has filed, and Democrat Ron Bockenkamp filed for St. Francois Township Committeeman.
Democrat Laura Pratt-Byron filed for Liberty Township Committeewoman. Democrat Clay W. Copeland filed for Randolph Township Committeeman. Democrat Archie Camden filed for Perry Township Committeeman, and Democrat Sonja Camden filed for Perry Township Committeewoman.