FLOYD COUNTY — New candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in Floyd County elections as candidacy deadlines passed this week.
On July 1, independent and minor party candidates had their final chance to join Democrats and Republicans on the ballot. The latter two parties were given a deadline of July 3 to fill any vacancies due to no candidate being nominated in the spring’s Primary Election.
In New Albany, the biggest race that saw the entrance of a new name is the New Albany Mayoral race. Going up against two-term incumbent Democrat Jeff Gahan and Republican challenger Mark Seabrook is Dan Coffey, who is running as an independent.
According to Coffey, he's been thinking about a bid for about a year now, but just filed his remaining paperwork this week. He finally jumped into the race completely to create change in New Albany.
"When I saw nothing was going to change, I decided that it was time," Coffey said. "I know how [local government] operates and how it should operate. That was pretty much the story of it."
Coffey, a long-time New Albany City Council member, said he knows the ins and outs of local government, and said he will use his experience to try to bring back fiscal responsibility and to address infrastructure issues around the city, like drainage problems.
In Georgetown, Republicans filled a vacancy on the ballot in District 3 for Georgetown Town Board. The person put forth is Ben Stocksdale, who formally filed his paperwork at the end of June.
“For myself as a citizen of Georgetown, I wanted to get out there and support and represent the town," Stocksdale said. "District 3 is pretty big. I think the town board is doing a good job. It has an opening and I could help continue the good work in progressing the town.”
Stocksdale is set to face Democrat Shelly Trent.
At the end of June, Kelly Feoick became the Republican candidate in the race against two-term incumbent Democrat Vicki Glotzbach for New Albany City Clerk.
No one ran for clerk in the May primary on the Republican ticket.