From 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 through 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 11, only one individual filed a declaration of candidacy with the Clay County Election Office for the May 3 Municipal Primary.
However, that one individual crowded the field in the race for Brazil Mayor a little more.
Current Brazil Township Trustee Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon filed Thursday afternoon to appear on the Republican ticket for mayor, and would be running against current Brazil Township Board member Gary Rickert if both decide to remain on the ballot through the noon, Monday, Feb. 21 deadline to withdraw.
The Democratic ticket would also have competition, as incumbent Ann Bradshaw would face off against Beverly Sue Chaney and current Clay County Council member Brian Wyndham.
In addition, there are many positions currently left open in which no candidate has officially filed.
For the Common Council of the City of Brazil Ward 2 representative seat, incumbent Sam Glover told The Brazil Times he intends to run for re-election, but has yet to file the official paperwork, while Wards 3/6 representative Steve Lamb is running independently and has until noon, Thursday, June 30, to file a petition of nomination for the purpose of verifying petition signatures, of which he needs 10 to appear on the Nov. 8 Municipal Election Ballot.
The bucket of candidates in area towns is also dry as a bone.
Currently no one has filed as a candidate for the clerk-treasurer or town council/board positions in Carbon (three board positions), Center Point (three board positions), Clay City (three board positions), Harmony (four individual ward representative positions), Knightsville (three board positions), or Staunton (three board positions), with the Clay County Election Office.
For other races, the following individuals have already filed a declaration of candidacy:
* Brazil City Clerk-Treasurer -- Karen McQueen (Democrat, incumbent),
* Common Council of the City of Brazil Ward 1 -- Brad Deal (Democrat, incumbent),
* Common Council of the City of Brazil Ward 4 -- Bill Lovett (Democrat, incumbent), and
* Common Council of the City of Brazil At-Large -- Pat Heffner (Republican, incumbent) and Tyler W. Hutcheson (Democrat).
The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy with the Clay County Election Office is noon, Friday, Feb. 18.
Other than registering at the Clay County Election Office or a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, residents may fill out an application online at www.indianavoters.com. Through the website, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct, as the information becomes available to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. In addition, a mobile version of the site was made available in October 2010.
The entire 2011 Municipal Election Calendar is available for viewing at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/20....