It has been right at a week since individuals were able to begin filing declarations of candidacy for the May 4, 2010 Primary Election, and many of the current county officeholders wasted no time getting their name on the ballot, including:
* Clay County Prosecutor B. Lee Reberger,
* Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh,
* Clay County Sheriff Michael W. Heaton,
* Clay County Assessor D. Mark Barnhart, and
* Clay County Council members Rita E. Rothrock (District 1), Steven J. Withers (District 2) and Dolores Johnson (District 3).
At noon, Wednesday, no official declarations of candidacy had been filed for the positions of Clay County Treasurer, County Commissioner, District 3 or County Council, District 4.
Attorney Charles Hear -- who announced he would be running for Clay County Prosecutor during the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Nov. 13 -- has his name on the list, but has not officially filed the necessary paperwork in Clay County.
"Those running for prosecutor, judge or one of the state or federal offices must file their paperwork through the Election Division of the Secretary of State's Office in Indianapolis," Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times. "His name is currently on the filing list because of his campaign financing report for the committee he created when he was looking into whether to run or not. It is possible the paperwork is filed in Indianapolis and it has not yet been brought to our Election Office."
Currently, there have been no declarations of candidacy filed for any of the three At-Large positions open on the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees, but Mallinak said paperwork has been picked up by two individuals and school board candidates typically have not officially filed until the final week to do so.
However, five other individuals have filled the necessary paperwork to run for other positions slated to be on the primary ballot, including:
* William Joe Wilson for Dick Johnson Township Trustee,
* Kay Hart for Harrison Township Trustee,
* Jack R. Withers for Van Buren 2 Precinct Committeeman,
* Carolyn Tausig for Perry Precinct Committeeman, and
* Samuel N. (Sam) Glover for Republican State Convention Delegate.
In total, there are 11 At-Large spots open for both Republican and Democratic State Convention Delegates and 23 Democratic Precinct Committeemen, which along with the school board race, will only appear on the primary election ballot.
Mallinak told The Brazil Times that in order to file a declaration of candidacy, an individual must fill out the declaration form and -- if the position is paid a salary in excess of $5,000 -- they must open a committee for campaign financing.
"It is advised that if a candidate plans to spend more than $200 while campaigning, that they should open a separate bank account specifically for the funding they collect," Mallinak said.
The time period for filing a declaration of candidacy closes at noon, Friday, Feb. 19, and the deadline to withdraw the declaration is noon, Monday, Feb. 22.
For more information about candidacy qualifications and/or how to file a declaration of candidacy, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023.