According to officials with the Clay County Election Office, Gary D. (Catfish) Rickert -- a Republican -- withdrew as a candidate for Clay County Commissioner, District 1.
The race for Clay County Commissioners District 1 now includes just one Democrat, incumbent Jack Withers, and Republican Bryan K. Allender.
There are several contested races in the upcoming local primary, the most interesting at Clay County Council At-Large.
There are a total of five Democrats and three Republicans vying for the three open spots. Democrats filing for candidacy include current council persons Chip Hoskins, Dolores Johnson and Michael McCullough.
Other Democrats filing include Roger LaPlante and William (Bill) Lovett. Only three Democrats will move on from the Primary to the November Election.
Republicans filing for council seats include Patricia (Pat) Heffner, John Nicoson and Lisa D. Rickert.
Other local positions with primary competition include:
* Clay County Commissioners District 2 -- On the Democratic side, incumbent Charles (Charlie) Brown will face Michael L. (Mike) Wilkinson in the primary. Republican Tony A. Fenwick is running unopposed;
* Clay County Surveyor -- On the Republican side, Rustina Johnson will square off against incumbent John R. Keller. No Democrat filed candidacy; and
* Clay County Coroner -- On the Republican side, incumbent Joel R. Reinoehl will face John D. Fagg Jr. Democrat Amy J. (Solomon) Shelton is running unopposed.
In the race for Clay County Superior Court Judge, Democrat, and incumbent, J. Blaine Akers, is running unopposed in the Primary. Republican Robert Alex Pell also filed candidacy.
In the race for Clay County Circuit Court Judge, Democrat, and incumbent, Joseph D. Trout, is running unopposed in the Primary. Republican James Edward Deal also filed candidacy.
In the race for Clay County Recorder, Democrat, and incumbent, Joseph Mark Dierdorf, is the only resident to file candidacy. Likewise, in the race for Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Republican, and incumbent, Victoria J. (Vickie) Wheeler, is the only resident to file candidacy.
According to Clay County Election Office officials, the deadline for parties to conduct a caucus, in which they can select residents to run in positions for the November election, is June 30. In addition, the deadline to receive certification on who was chosen during the caucuses is July 3.