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Caucus date set

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Clay County Democrat Party has selected a date to conduct a caucus to fill its current treasurer vacancy.

The party will conduct the caucus at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, at the Clay County Courthouse.

Party Chair Joe Broyles also told The Brazil Times during the meeting, anyone interested in running for Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court or Clay County Surveyor in the November election may also be selected.

But there's a catch.

Anyone interested in running for the two positions must file a declaration of candidacy with Broyles by 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2. Officials with the Clay County Election Office told The Times prospective candidates must file the notice of interest at least 72 hours before the caucus begins.

Currently, the Clay County Democratic Party has no one filed to run for either position. As of right now, Republican John Keller -- the incumbent Clay County Surveyor -- and Vickie Wheeler -- also the incumbent Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court -- are running unopposed.

The official deadline for parties to conduct a caucus is June 30.

Broyles said the caucus was called initially because the party's treasurer, Wayne Lucas, resigned May 15.

"We will have to pick someone to be treasurer," Broyles said. "While we're doing that, we will continue to caucus for the open positions."

Broyles said some have asked about the two positions, but would not confirm if anyone has said they intend to run.

"If they're interested, they'll be there," Broyles said.

Broyles added, to the best of his knowledge, it has been a while since any Democrat ran for Clay County Surveyor. During the 2008 election, Cathy Bales ran against Wheeler for Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Meanwhile, Clay County Republican Party Chair Jodi Lohrman confirmed to The Brazil Times the party has no intentions of conducting a caucus to fill the open position for Clay County Recorder. Currently, Democrat Joe Dierdorf will run unopposed in the November election.

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