NEW MADRID - Candidates lined up to put their names on the August Democratic primary ballots in New Madrid County, creating several races. Filing began Tuesday for countywide office and will continue to March 30.
By Wednesday 19 persons had filed for the nine offices which will be filled in the November general election. All filed as Democrats.
Drawing the most candidates was the First District county commissioner's race where incumbent Barry D. Bennett of New Madrid has four challengers so far. Also seeking the office are Darren Brown of Sikeston, Mark C. Baker of New Madrid, W.D. Prince of New Madrid and Willard Fincher of Sikeston.
Incumbent Second District Commissioner Sam C. Pikey of Portageville will face challengers Donald N. Day of Portageville and Tim Dambach of Lilbourn.
Former New Madrid County Sheriff Jake C. Rone of Portageville has filed against incumbent Terry M. Stevens of Portageville. Also adding his name to the list is Portageville's Chief of Police Ronnie Adams.
For the office of public administrator Nancy Pardon of Portageville is seeking re-election and is opposed in her bid by Joe Beaher and Dianne Ellen Ivy of New Madrid.
Also a race has developed for county coroner with James C. McSpadden of New Madrid filing against incumbent Timothy Clayton of Matthews.
Candidates without opposition thus far are County Assessor Ronald A. Simmons of Portageville, County Treasurer Thomas B. Bradley of Sikeston and County Clerk Clement Cravens of New Madrid, who was appointed to the office Jan. 1. No one has filed for the position of County surveyor, which is held by Charles Ice.
Filing is also open for county committeemen and committeewomen for the Democratic and Republican parties.