They've made their marks, the list is set and the candidates are ready to go.
Monday marked the deadline for a potential candidate who had filed for the May 6 Primary Election to withdraw.
However, everyone stuck to their guns and no one withdrew their name from the hat.
The position which has attracted the most attention has been for an At-Large position on the Clay County Council. Six individuals are running for the three open positions, the latest filing coming from Rick E. Neier.
Both of the open positions on the Clay County Commissioners now have competition as Republican Walter E. Young and Democrat Robert A. (Bob) Thomas will battle it out with incumbent Democrats Jack Withers and Charlie Brown, respectively.
Victoria J. (Vickie) Wheeler also has competition for Clay County Clerk with Cathleen M. (Cathy) Bales and Samantha R. Conner also filing for the position.
The race for County Coroner has gotten a little tighter as Victoria L. (Vicki) Hill and Thomas E. (Eddie) Treadway join Joel R. Reinoehl and Brandon Sciotto in the running to replace Rick Swearingen, Jr., who has reached his two-term limit and cannot run again.
There will even be a race for Republican State Convention Delegates as 12 candidates have filed with only 11 open spots.
Candidates for the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees waited until the last minute to show their interest in the four open positions as there are now at least two candidates in three of the districts. District 4 has provoked the most interest with four candidates (Cody R. Barnard, Forrest R. Buell, Barbara E. Nicosin and Sherry Steward) filing for the seat on the board.
Dottie King is the lone incumbent running for re-election and is the only school board candidate running unopposed. Current school board members Jim Guy, Len Fischer and Steve Grigsby chose not to run for re-election.
John R. Keller seems to be on easy street to be on the November General Election ballot for County Surveyor as he is the only candidate to file for the position.
Early voting will begin April 7 and run until May 5, the day before the election.
Those choosing to vote early may do so in the Election Office on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse Mondays-Fridays from 8-11 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.
Early voting will also be available at the same location on two Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For questions regarding the election, or to apply for an absentee ballot, contact the Election Office at 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. Candidates may provide a self-portrait or choose to have one taken by The Times' staff. To schedule an interview, contact The Brazil Times office at 446-2216.