BENTON - Whichever way the August primary and November elections go, there will be plenty of new faces in county offices in January with several incumbents deciding to not run for re-election.
In Scott County, incumbent Sheriff Bill Ferrell is among those not running for another term. Filed as Democrats in the race to fill his shoes are Rick Walter and Jerry Bledsoe. The winner of the August primary race will face Republican Wes Drury.
The incumbent first district associate commissioner, Walter Bizzell, is also not running for re-election. Filed as Democrats for the position are Norman Lambert, Jerry Burge and Dennis Ziegenhorn. Jim Schwaninger and Brad Wilson are running for the job as Republicans.
In the county's second district, incumbent Jamie Burger is unopposed in his bid for a second term.
To serve another term as assessor in Scott County, incumbent Teresa Houchin will first have to beat Democrat Billy Keefer in the August primary election and then Dee Cookson, who has filed as a Republican.
Public Administrator H.J. "Cotton" Hollyfield is another office holder who has opted to not run for another term. There's a four way race for Democrats in the primary: Pam Dirnberger, Sonny Alcorn, Jim Marshall and Glendella May have filed.
A two-way race between Jay Bledsoe and Aleta (Lee) Trankler will decide the Republican candidate for public administrator.
The incumbent coroner, Scott Amick, has filed for another term and is unopposed.
The position of surveyor, presently vacant, will also appear on the ballot but with no candidates listed.
Mississippi County will also have a new sheriff as incumbent Larry Turley is not running for another term.
Democrats Don Chance and Keith Moore are filed along with Libertarian A.J. Groves Sr. for the job.
Also in Mississippi County, incumbent Homer Oliver faces another Democrat, Buddy Reeves, in his bid for another term as first district associate commissioner.
In the second district, incumbent Martin Lucas will face off against Charles Byassee for the Democratic nomination. In November, the winner will face Stanley Hubbard, who has filed as a Republican for the job.
W.R. "Bill" Thompson, the incumbent assessor, is seeking another term along with two other Democrats: Chuck Davis and Rebecca Boyd Presson.
Another incumbent not filed for re-election in Mississippi County is Public Administrator Raymond Marshall. Two Democrats, Richard "Rick" Reed and Pam Crawford, filed for the position.
Incumbent Terry Parker is trying for another term as coroner and must defeat fellow Democrat Donald A. Raithel in the August primary.
The position of surveyor in Mississippi County is also vacant with no candidates filed for the job.
A flurry of last day filings added several candidates to the list seeking office in New Madrid County.
In the first district county commissioner's race seven candidates filed as Democrats. These are: Darren Brown of Sikeston, Charles Mark Baker, incumbent Barry Bennett, W.D. Prince and Gary Fowler of New Madrid, Willard Fincher of rural Sikeston and Gene Curtis of Matthews. No Republicans filed.
Four persons are seeking the second district commissioner's seat, now held by Democrat C. Sam Pikey, who filed for re-election. Also on the Democratic ballot are Donald N. Day of Portageville, Tim Dambach of Lilbourn and Dennis Moody of Sikeston.
Also drawing a crowd of candidates was the office of Public Administrator. In addition to Nancy Pardon of Portageville who has filed for re-election. the candidates on the Democratic ticket are Joe Beaher of New Madrid, Dianne Ellen Ivy of rural New Madrid and Terri Adams of Matthews. The winner in the Democratic primary will then face Republican Gary Henson of New Madrid in the November election.
The current sheriff, a former sheriff and a local police chief are seeking election as New Madrid County sheriff on the Democratic ticket. Along with incumbent Terry Stevens of rural Portageville, former sheriff Jake Rone of Portageville and Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams have added their names to the slate.
Running without opposition are incumbents, Ronald Alan Simmons of Portageville, county assessor; Clement Cravens of New Madrid for an unexpired term as county clerk; Thomas B. Bradley of rural Sikeston, county treasurer; and Charles W. Ice of New Madrid, surveyor. All filed as Democrats.