Like the weather, the political races in Clay County are cold.
With less than two weeks before the deadline to file a declaration of candidacy for the 2008 Primary Election, only three county positions have enough candidates to warrant an election.
A total of five individuals have filed to run for three Clay County Council At-Large position. Current council president and vice-president Michael D. McCullough and Warren E. Stevenson, respectively, are running for re-election while Edward A. Nevins, Charles A. (Chip) Hopkins and former candidate for Mayor of Brazil Brian L. Wyndham round out the remaining candidates, as of late Monday afternoon.
Joseph M. Dierdorf is attempting to knock off incumbent Angela J. Modesitt for Clay County Recorder, and to this point, Brandon S. Sciotto and Joel Reinoehl will battle it out to be Clay County Coroner as Rick Swearingen, Jr. has not yet filed for candidacy.
All of the other open county positions -- clerk, surveyor, two commissioner districts, and four precinct committeemen -- each have a lone candidate who has filed for the respective positions.
The cupboard of candidates for the four open positions on the Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees is nearly bare.
So far, Leo Southworth (District 2) is the lone individual to file for any of the positions. However, employees of the Clay County Election Office said there has been much interest in the school board seats, and believe everyone is waiting until the final days to file their candidacy.
Also up for grabs during this year's Primary Election are 11 positions to be Republican State Convention Delegates.
Three candidates -- Sharon K. Koehler, Patrick D. Daugherty and former Clay County Commissioner Daryl Andrews -- have filed to be delegates, and should the election come with less than 11 people to fill the spots, the county chairperson for the Republican Party will make appointments to fill the positions.
Candidates have until Friday, Feb. 22, at noon, to file a declaration of candidacy and have a weekend to think about it and, if they choose, they have until noon on Monday, Feb. 25, to withdraw their candidacy.
For information about the upcoming election schedule or to file a declaration of candidacy, call or visit the Clay County Election Office, located in room 211 or call 448-9023.
Editor's Note: The Brazil Times will attempt to interview all candidates running for county and school board positions. Stories about the candidates will appear on the bottom half of the front page in Tuesday-Saturday editions as they become available. To schedule an interview, contact The Brazil Times office at 446-2216.