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January 26, 2014

UPDATE: 13 qualify for Limestone's June 3 primary

Four Democrats and one Republican have been added to the list of men running for local offices in the June 3 primary election.

Qualifying for major party candidates ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 7.

Three Democrats qualified with their party Thursday night, including:

• Mike West for Limestone County coroner. He was first elected coroner in 1982.

• James “Curtis” Turner for Limestone County Commission District 3.  The former TVA employee is a newcomer seeking the seat that will be vacated by outgoing commissioner Bill Latimer who is not seeking re-election.

• Henry White for the District 5 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, currently held by state Rep. Dan Williams, R-Athens.  White held the seat from 2006 to 2010.

Sheriff Mike Blakely, also a Democrat, qualified Friday with his party to seek re-election to a ninth term.  He was first elected sheriff in 1982.

On the Republican ticket, Edward Winter, qualified Friday to run for the District 4 seat on the Limestone County school board, currently held by Darin Russell, who has not announced his election plans.

County offices up for election include sheriff, coroner, commission chairman, commission districts 1 and 3 and school board districts 4 and 5.

As of Friday evening, the following local candidates had qualified with their respective parties to run in the primary election, though some had not yet filed their paperwork with the Limestone County Probate Judge’s Office:

Limestone sheriff

• Mike Blakely, incumbent, Democrat

• Eric Smith, Republican

Limestone coroner

• Mike West, incumbent, Democrat

Limestone commission chairman

• Stanley Menefee, incumbent, Republican

• Mark Yarbrough, Republican

Limestone commission District 1

• Daryl Sammet, Republican

• James Shannon, Republican

Limestone commission District 3

• Jason Black, Republican

• Hollis Hogan, Republican

• James “Curtis” Turner, Democrat

Limestone school board District 4

• Edward Winter, Republican

Limestone school board District 5

• Bradley Young, Republican

Alabama House District 5

• Henry White, Democrat

How the elections work

In the June 3 primary, Democrats will vote for their favorite Democratic candidates and Republicans will vote for their choice of Republican candidates.  A runoff election will be held July 15 for races where there was no clear majority vote getter. The front-runners from each party with then face off in the Nov. 4 general election, which will ultimately decide the officeholders.

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