Candidates Mary Jo Alumbaugh (Democrat-Auditor), Debra S. James (Republican-Treasurer), Michael W. Heaton (R-Sheriff), Mark Barnhart (R-Assessor), Paul R. Sinders (R-County Commissioner, District 3), Rita E. Rothrock (D-County Council, District 1), Steven J. Withers (D-County Council, District 2), and Larry J. Moss (R-County Council, District 4) are all running unopposed in their respective races.
"I really appreciate the vote of approval by the citizens by allowing me to run in an election without any competition," Alumbaugh said. "I'm really thankful for their support."
All the candidates told The Brazil Times they are all looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Clay County.
"We have a good County Council and we're going to do the best for the residents of Clay County," Rothrock said. "I want to do the best with local residents' tax money as I would with my own. And I'm a frugal person."
Election Day for many of the candidates meant a normal workday, while making sure to vote and continuing to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.
"I've visited a few of the polls and talked with voters. Later, I plan on stopping by the headquarters for the results," Heaton said, adding the knowledge of knowing there's four more years to do the job has its privileges. "We will keep doing what is working now and improve on the future. I want to thank the citizens for their confidence in the sheriff's department and their continued support."
One candidate in particular had an especially busy Election Day.
Sinders said his day started early by casting his vote and then visiting several polling places and the republican headquarters.