BENTON - As both Republican and Democratic candidates are running in all but two Scott County races, residents will have to wait until November to see who will be filling most Scott County offices beginning in 2005.
With no opposition in the primary and no candidates from other parties running for their positions, Jamie Burger, second district county commissioner, and Scott Amick, coroner, are the only incumbents in Scott County who can look forward to another term yet.
Rick Walter and Jerry Bledsoe are in a race to be the Democratic candidate for sheriff in November. The winner will face Wes Drury, the only Republican listed on the primary ballot for sheriff. The incumbent sheriff, Bill Ferrell, is not seeking another term.
The race for first district county commissioner will take place without an incumbent in the contest, too, as Walter Bizzell is not running for re-election. Norman Lambert, Jerry E. Burge and Dennis E. Ziegenhorn are all seeking to be the Democrat listed on the November ballot for first district commissioner. Republican voters will decide between Jim Schwaninger and Brad Wilson for their candidate.
Incumbent Teresa Houchin faces one Democrat, Billy Keefer, in the primary election for county assessor. The winner Aug. 3 will face Republican "Dee" Anne Marie Cookson who is unopposed in the primary.
There is a four-way race for the Democrat's spot on the November ballot for public administrator between Pam Dirnberger, Sonny Alcorn, Jim Marshall and Glendella May. Two Republicans, Jay Bledsoe and Aleta "Lee" Trankler, are competing for a shot at the position.
In Scott City, voters will also decide whether they wish to impose a six-year, one-fourth of one cent sales tax for capital improvements to replace a tax which expires April 1.