By Tia Lynn Ivey
Qualifying week kicked off Monday, March 2, along with early voting for the March 24 Presidential Primary. As of press time on Tuesday, March 3, 13 candidates have come forward for a variety of local races and 120 votes have been cast in early voting.
So far, the local races shaping up for a showdown between competing candidates include the County Commissioner District 5 Seat, the Board of Education District 3 Seat and County Tax Commissioner. May 19, 2020 is the primary election for Morgan County’s local races. The winners will proceed to the General election on Nov. 3, 2020.
Two Republican newcomers have qualified for the County Commissioner District 5 Seat, to take Commissioner Ron Milton’s place. Grant Catterton, of Buckhead, will run for the seat along with Bill Kurtz of Madison.
Republican Brad Hawk will seek the Board of Education District 3 Seat, as will Ann Ballard, a Democrat.
Wendy Coe, a Republican will run against Sheree Moon Evans, Republican, in the race for County Tax Commissioner.
Qualifying ends this Friday, March 6, so there is still time for locals to enter any of the races. Right now, there are several uncontested races Republican Ben Riden Jr. is running for reelection to the County Commissioner District 3 Seat. Republican Philipp von Hanstein is also seeking reelection for the County Commissioner District 4 Seat. Republican Jody Milford Higdon is running for Clerk of Super Court. Incumbent Charles Merritt is running for probate judge. Robert Markley, Republican incumbent, is running for sheriff.
Democratic Incumbent Cheryl Bland is running for reelection to the Board of Education District 1 seat. Incumbent Connie Holt is seeking reelection for Magistrate Judge.
According to Jennifer Doran, election supervisor for the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration, she expects more people to qualify before Friday’s deadline. Doran also noted that April 20 is the last day to register to vote in the May 19 Primary Election.
Early voting for the March 24 Presidential Primary will be open Monday Through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morgan County Board of Election and Registration, located at 434 Hancock Street in Madison. There will be an opportunity to cast your vote on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.