ROGERSVILLE - Although candidates still have until December 15 to withdraw from a race, noon on Thursday was the qualifying deadline to get on the ballot for the March 6 primaries. Even though the post will not be filled until the August 2 general election, current Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Boyd is the only candidate for the post, with no opposition in the March Republican primary and no challenger in the Democrat primary. Judge James "Jay" Taylor, appointed to the General Sessions Court bench by county commissioners in July, is being challenged by fellow Republicans R. B. "Buddy" Baird and J. Todd Ross in the Republican primary. The winner of that primary race will face Democrat Terry Risner, the lone candidate in that primary, in August. Risner, Baird and Taylor, along with Boyd, all sought appointment to the post left vacant by the May death of Judge David Brand. After a 10 - 10 tie for Taylor and Baird at the June meeting the issue was decided the following month when a commissioner who was absent in June voted for Taylor. Boyd was named Juvenile Court Judge in August when Taylor, who was Juvenile Court Judge, assumed his new office. Kathy Cradic, who was named circuit court clerk by commissioners, and Sarah Davis, who also expressed interest in the appointment, have qualified as Republicans for the primary ballot. The property assessor's race, also on the August ballot, will be decided in the March republican primary. Property Assessor Jack Price is seeking re-election and will face Commissioner Charlie Freeman, Commissioner Jeff Thacker and Terry Joe Harrell, of Mooresburg, in the March primary. No Democrat filed qualifying paperwork for the post. Jerry L. Matlock, appointed by commissioners at the November meeting, has qualified for the third district constable in the Republican primary and will face Joshua R. Bellamy, who qualified as a Democrat. Both men will be on their respective primary ballots and will also be on the August general election ballot. County residents have until February 6, 2012 to register to vote in March, with early voting beginning February 15 and ending February 28. County school board seats and state and federal primary races will also be on the August ballot.
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