For the first time in history, there will be a Republican challenger in every Justice of the Peace district in White County.
Greg Niblock filled the final spot when he filed this morning as a candidate for District 8, a seat currently held by incumbent Waylon Heathscott. Heathscott will also face a primary challenge in May from former JP Boss Vaughn.
7 of the 8 incumbent Republican JPs will be unopposed:
- Bobby Burns, District 2
- Cameron Cooper, District 3
- Allen King, District 4
- Shane Sellers, District 6
- Mike Cleveland, District 9
- Bobby Quattlebaum, District 10
- Ron Gibbs, District 13
1 Republican JP, Ed Land of District 11 is being primaried by David Schoenberger.
All of the Democrat JP incumbents are facing challengers.
The county judge’s race will be decided in the GOP primary, as Mike Lincoln faces a challenge from Bill Haynie, but no Democrat filed for the seat.
Likewise, the Democrats did not field a candidate for county clerk. That race will be between three Republicans: Randall Young, Brittney Sellers-Hawkins, & Cheryl Evans.
Democrats also failed to field a candidate against incumbent Republicans Sheriff Ricky Shourd, Circuit Clerk Tami King, Coroner David Powell, and Treasurer Janet Hibbitts.
And get this: the incumbent Tax Assessor Debra Lang has switched to the GOP, leaving Democrat Tax Collector Sue Liles as the lone county-wide elected Democrat.
Who said the GOP base isn’t energized?
See the full candidate list here.