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July 4, 2014

Floyd County ballot set for fall election

Candidates unopposed in several key races

FLOYD COUNTY — While Election Day is still four months away, some races in Floyd County have already been decided.

Two incumbent Democratic judges, Susan Orth in Floyd County Superior  No. 1 and Maria Granger in Superior No. 3 are running unopposed as is two-term Republican prosecutor Keith Henderson. Also, Democrats Christy Eurton [clerk] and Patricia “Trish” Badger-Byrd [assessor] face no opposition in the fall election.

“We did not file anyone in that position [prosecutor]. There are obviously a smaller pool of candidates for those types of races,” said Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey. “Those types of races [prosecutor, judges] are very big commitments. You are asking an attorney to shutter his office or leave his practice for four years. We had a couple individuals look at it strongly but decided not to run.”

Floyd County party chairs had until noon Friday to fill open ballot spots.

“It’s always my hope to have a full slate of candidates,” said Floyd County Republican Party Chairman Dave Matthews. “We have a lot of qualified candidates running and I hope to have positive results. We approached a lot of people to run for clerk, but they all decided against it. The state legislatures has come up with new qualifications for assessor. That’s not always a bad thing but it eliminates a lot of people.”

While some races are already decided, there are still many that will be hotly contested. There will be a new sheriff elected in November since state law prohibits two-term incumbent Darrell Mills from seeking a third term. Republican Frank Loop and Democrat Brad Striegel are looking to replace Mills.

“His [Loop’s] popularity in the county never ceases to amaze me,” Matthews said.

Two political heavyweights are running for the Floyd County Commissioner District 1 seat as incumbent Republican Mark Seabrook will square off against Democrat Dan Coffey who currently sits on the New Albany City Council.

Floyd County Superior Court No. 2 Judge Glenn Hancock is retiring and two local attorneys, Republican James Hancock and Democrat Matthew Lorch look to replace him.

In the race for auditor, Republican Scott Clark, who replaced Darin Coddington who resigned in 2012, will face Democrat Mary Lou Byerley who lost to Coddington in the 2010 auditor’s race.

Three Floyd County Council incumbents, Democrat Tom Pickett [District 1], Republican Lana Aebersold [District 3], and Republican John Schellenberger [District 4] are running for re-election and face opposition.

“We obviously have quality candidates. We have a nice mix ...our candidates look like Floyd County,” Dickey said. “We are focused on fiscal stability and fixing some of the ethical issues that have occurred in the county. We want to grow the county in the right direction.”

Matthews said he is confident his candidates will come out on top in November.

“I really expect us to keep the majority on the council,” he said. “I think we will have good results in the auditor’s race with the job Scott Clark has done since he took over.”



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