11 candidates qualify for Carter County Primary Ballot

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

BY ROBERT SORRELL
Star Correspondent
Eleven local candidates have qualified to appear on the March 5 primary ballot in Carter County.
Two candidates have submitted signed petitions and qualify to run for assessor of property. John B. Holsclaw Jr. and Nicholas Shane Simerly, both Republican candidates, hope to serve as Carter County’s next assessor of property.
Holsclaw currently serves as the local state house representative and Simerly works at the assessor’s office.
Current Carter County Assessor of Property Ronnie Taylor is not running for re-election.
One constable’s position is on the ballot. In the 2nd district, Michael E. Mason will appear on the primary ballot as a Republican candidate for 2nd district. Mason was appointed constable by the Carter County Commission in July 2023 to fill a vacant position.
Several candidates seeking a seat on the Carter County School Board will appear on the ballot.
Only one school board seat is contested. Nancy R. Lewis is the Republican nominee for the 6th district.
Three other school board seats will also be on the ballot and feature only one candidate each. The candidates include incumbent Keith Bowers Sr. in the 1st district, incumbent Danny Ward in the 4th district and incumbent Dylan Hill in the 8th district. The three men are running as Republican candidates.
Two candidates are seeking a seat on the county commission in the 6th district. Incumbent Jason Edward Clawson faces challenger Brian Lane Keener for the Republican nomination.
Only one candidate, Shannon R. Burchett, is seeking the superintendent of roads position in Carter County. Burchett, a Republican candidate, was appointed by the Carter County Commission to fill the position in August 2023 after Roger Colbaugh announced his retirement.
No Democratic or Independent candidates have qualified to run for office.
The primary election will be held on March 5, 2024, in Carter County.

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