Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON– With several local seats on the ballot this year, only two incumbents have filed to retain their offices thus far. Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk Carla Marshall has officially announced her candidacy. Marshall and Benton City Counclman Chris Freeland have both filed with the County Clerk’s office.
While the Circuit Court Clerk’s term is normally six years, Marshall ran two years ago after filling out a 2009 appointment. This year’s election will put Marshall back on the election schedule with other clerks.
Also up for election this year are two-year council seats in all of the county’s incorporated cities. Freeland is currently the only councilman who has filed.
“There’s a possibility of a primary election in Benton and Hardin,” said County Clerk Tim York. “Those are partisan races. Calvert City is nonpartisan.”
Those filing to run for Calvert City Council may do so after the January filing deadline that applied to partisan offices.
Another nonpartisan race will be for the 1st, 4th and 5th district school board seats.
Will Coursey’s Sixth House District Representative seat will also be on the ballot. Rep. Coursey has faced opposition since filling the seat after it was vacated by long-time representative J.R. Gray, but no one has announced their intent to run for the office, which covers Marshall, Lyon and a portion of McCracken counties.
The last day to file for partisan races is Jan 31.
“It’s always the last Tuesday of January at 4 p.m.,” York said. “This time it just happens to also be the last day of the month.”
The primary election will be held May 22 this year.