Partisan primaries have already been held for three seats up for grabs at the county commissioners’ table. But it’s not too late to register for the November general election as an independent.
Districts 3, 4 and 5 at the BOC table will be on the November ballot. Incumbent Republicans Mike Youngblood, District 3; John Pethel, District 4; and Jim Escoe, District 5, all ran unopposed in the primary. Only Escoe faces Democratic opposition in November, when he’ll face Clyde Verhine.
But those seeking to join the BOC races as independents can qualify this month at the office of the Madison County Board of Elections and Registration in the county government complex.
Independent qualifying will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, June 23, and run through Friday, June 27, at noon. The qualifying fee for BOC seats is $216.
Independent candidates must also file a nomination petition between 9 a.m., June 23, and noon, July 8, with the Board of Elections and Registration. The nomination petition must be signed by five percent of the registered voters eligible to vote in the last election held for such office the candidate is seeking. A nomination petition may be circulated within 180 days of the last day the nomination petition may be filed with the Board of Elections and Registration.