Qualifying to seek the office of election commissioner in both Carroll and Montgomery counties will end at 5 p.m. on June 1.
According to Carroll County Circuit Clerk Durward Stanton, all five election commissioner seats will be on the ballot in November’s General Election.
To qualify to run for election commissioner, a candidate must be a qualified elector in the Beat, for Carroll County, and District, for Montgomery County, in which they live. There is no qualifying fee, but to qualify, a candidate must gather at least 50 signatures on a petition of registered voters that live in the Beat or District in which the office is being sought.
“I strongly encourage [candidates] to turn petitions in early so names can be certified, and it will give them time to get any corrected,” Stanton said.
In Carroll County, qualifying paperwork can be obtained at the Carrollton Courthouse or the Vaiden Courthouse and must be returned to the chancery clerk by 5 p.m. June 1. Completed paperwork can be taken to either courthouse and will be directed to Chancery Clerk Casey Carpenter’s office.
In Montgomery County, qualifying paperwork can be obtained at the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s office and is to be returned to the Montgomery County Chancery Clerk’s office, both in the Montgomery County Courthouse.
So far, all five incumbent commissioners in Montgomery County – Beth Austin, Jeanette Pyron, Tracy Campbell, Katie Burns, and Orman Knox – have all qualified for re-election, according to Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Lanelle Martin’s office.
In Carroll County, no qualifying paperwork has been turned in for the election.