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Candidates file for municipal primary

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The deadline for a major political party candidate to file a declaration of candidacy for the municipal primary is noon today, and 27 individuals have filed at the Clinton County Clerk's Office as of 1 p.m. Thursday.

Chris McBarnes is running for a third term as mayor of Frankfort, but he will be challenged in the Republican primary by District 3 City Councilman Lewis Wheeler.

Four Republicans are running for two at-large seats on the Frankfort City Council. Along with incumbent Eric Woods, challengers J.J. Tate, Isac Chavez and Megan Sheets have each filed for an at-large seat on the council.

Jim Moyer decided not to run for a ninth term on the council, where he currently serves in one of the two at-large seats.

“I have been on long enough, and I am getting a little tired,” Moyer said. “I can't see serving a full four-year term. I would be almost 80 years old by the time that was done. If I do not plan on serving the full four years, then I should not run at all.

“It is a commitment,” he added. “If you run, you are committing to the four years. I have already had 32 years at the end of this year, and I think that is long enough.”

Other incumbents joining Woods in filing for another term on the city council are Clarence Warthan (Republican, District 1), Joe Palmer (Democrat, District 2), Steven Beardsley (Republican, District 4) and David Hussey (Republican, District 5). Palmer is serving his seventh term on the council while Woods is in his third, and Warthan and Beardsley are both finishing their first term. Hussey replaced Wanda Mitchell after she resigned last fall.

Michael Brite had filed to fill Wheeler's District 3 seat on the council while Brandt Fuller is a Republican challenging for the District 5 seat, and Gena Carson is a Republican challenging for the District 1 seat.

Running unopposed (as of 1 p.m. Thursday) in the primary are incumbent city judge Matthew Beardsley and incumbent clerk-treasurer Judy Sheets, both Republicans.

The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy for nomination by a town convention in a town having a population of less than 3,500 is not until Aug. 1, but 11 individuals have already filed.

Running – so far – for one of the three open seats on the Colfax Town Council are Republicans Marty Stevens, S.V. Scott, Mike Brothers, Gavin Jones, Julie Lewellen and Patricia Coy, and Democrats Dana Northern, Madeline Sanders and Katelyn Allen. Meanwhile, Regina Piper has filed for Colfax clerk-treasurer, and Brent Stetler has filed for Kirklin Town Council.