Tuesday is election day in Clay County (and throughout the United States). Following the candidates forum at the fairgrounds Thursday night, a few people expressed a desire to better understand what they are being asked to decide Tuesday.
As a result, we have put together this information, to help shed light before you go to the polls.
- Contrary to other races, school board candidates will be elected Tuesday. They will take office July 1. You do not have to vote in the party primary to vote for school board. Ask for a school board-only ballot when you sign in to vote Tuesday.
You may only vote for school board candidates in your district.
- Candidates other than for school board are seeking their party's nomination. Nominees will be on the November general election ballot. While Republican and Democrat parties may not fill the ballot in the primary election, the parties may appoint candidates to be placed on the ballot for the November election.
- If you wonder where your voting place is located, call the Clay County Election Office, 448-9023. Give them your home address and they can tell you where to vote.
- "What is the difference between County Commissioners and County Council?"
You can think of the County Commissioners as you would the Governor or the President of the United States. You can think of the County Council as you would the Senate or House of Representatives. In other words, the County Commissioners serve as administrators while the County Council serves as legislators and the board that appropriates money for county government.
Likewise, the School Board appropriates funds while the School Superintendent is an administrator.
Note: These characterizations are intended as generalizations only.
- Three County Council Members-at-Large will be elected in November (even though only one candidate is listed on the Republican primary ballot).
The following candidates are slated to be on Tuesday's ballot (according to our latest information):
Clay Community Schools Board:
District 1: Len Fischer, Jon Hull; District 2: Jim Guy, Dan Robbins; District 3: Dottie King, Chris Styleburg; District 4: Steven Grigsby
Republican primary ballot:
President of the United States: George W. Bush
United States Senator: (no candidate)
Governor: Mitch Daniels, Eric Miller
U.S. Representative District 8: John Hostettler
State Senate District 37: Richard D. Bray
State Representative District 44: Kenneth J. Eitel Jr., Andy Thomas
State Representative District 46: Jeffrey Lee
Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial District: Ernest E. Yelton
Circuit Court Clerk: Mary C. Brown
County Recorder: Angela J. Modesitt
County Coroner: Richard A. Swearingen Jr.
County Surveyor: John R. Keller, Gary D. Rickert
County Commissioner, District 1: Brian Deakins, Bill Morthland, Tabatha Perkins
County Commissioner, District 2: Terry Harrison, Harold "Buddy" Knox, Jeff Stewart
County Council Member-at-Large: Warren Stevenson
Democrat primary ballot:
President of the United States: Wesley K. Clark, Howard Dean, John F. Kerry, Lyndon LaRouche, John Edwards
United States Senator: Evan Bayh
Governor: Joe Kernan
United States Representative District 8: Jon P. Jennings, Bill Pearman
State Senate District 37: Kristin Szczerbik
State Representative District 43: Clyde Kersey
State Representative District 44: Eric A. Wolfe
State Representative District 46: Vern Tincher
Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial District: (no candidate)
Clerk of the Circuit Court: (no candidate)
County Recorder: Bill Purcell
County Coroner: Jerry Calandrilla
County Surveyor: Aron Royer, Brian Wyndham
County Commissioner, District 1: Dave Parr
County Commissioner, District 2: Charlie Brown
County Council Member-at-Large (elect 3): Guy J. Dickerson, Mark L. Dierdorf, Michael D. McCullough
Delegates to the Republican and Democrat state conventions will also be elected on Tuesday.