Republicans fill open ballot slots

   The Switzerland County Republican Party filled some holes in its slate of candidates for the November General Election on Thursday night, May 31st, when the precinct committee persons approved new candidates.

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The Switzerland County Republican Party filled some holes in its slate of candidates for the November General Election on Thursday night, May 31st, when the precinct committee persons approved new candidates.

Once the May primary election ended, each political party has the opportunity to fill holes in their ballots prior to the November General Election. If there was no candidate for a party in the primary, each party can hold a meeting and appoint a candidate to run in the November election.

Switzerland County Clerk Gayle Sullivan said that each party has to make those appointments before Saturday, June 30th, and that candidate must file their paperwork in the clerk’s office before noon on Tuesday, July 3rd.

At the meeting last Thursday, County Republican Chairperson Lisa Fisher said that the following candidates were approved:

— Jamie Peters will be the Republican candidate for County Commissioner, District 3. He will run against Democratic incumbent Mark Lohide in November.

— Carolyn Green of Quercus Grove is the Republican candidate for County Auditor. She will face off against Democrat Trenton Ricketts in the fall to replace retiring Auditor Gayle Rayles.

— Neil Washnock is the Republican candidate for Craig Township Trustee. He will run against Democrat Jack Mathews in the General Election to see who replaces Stacey Mathews as trustee. Stacey is the Democratic candidate for County Assessor, so she cannot run for reelection as Trustee.

With those appointments, the Republicans have now filled positions on the November ballot with the exception of County Assessor and County Prosecuting Attorney.