By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — A lottery will be held to determine ballot positions for four of the five Jefferson County sheriff candidates.
Monday was the first day candidates could file petitions for the March 18, 2014, primary. County voters will elect a clerk, treasurer, sheriff and six County Board positions and precinct committeemen or women.
All five candidates for sheriff filed on the first day petitions could be received. Two Democrats — Travis Allen and Joey Porter — filed simultaneously, as well as two Republican candidates — John Scott and John Lewis. Incumbent Roger Mulch filed his petition at mid-morning.
Since four of the sheriff candidates filed simultaneously, a lottery will be held at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 to determine ballot position.
County Clerk Connie Simmons said a new state law stipulates the names of candidates who file simultaneously on the last hour on the last day of filing — between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 — will also have a lottery to determine whose name will be last on the ballot.
“That’s never been a problem here, but they do have that problem in Springfield,” Simmons said.
Lotteries will also be held for precinct committeeman positions in Dodds 2 and Mt. Vernon 5 precinct. Republicans Walter Nadolski and Stephen Modert filed simultaneously in Dodds 2; and Republicans Michael E. Flanagan and Robert J. White filed simultaneously in Mt. Vernon 5.
Incumbents Simmons and Knox, clerk and treasurer, respectively, have filed petitions of candidacy. County Board incumbents seeking re-election are: Steve Draege in District 1 and Jeff Williams in District 6, both Republicans. Democrat Justin Fulkerson of Bonnie filed for County Board in District 7. Positions are also open in districts 8, 10 and 11.
Democrats filing for precinct committeemen on Monday included Michael Blakemore in Mt. Vernon 6, Paul Rainwater in Mt. Vernon 1 and Alice Harris in Webber 1. Republicans filing, in addition those previously mentioned, were: Randy Pytlinski in Blissville, Barbara Froehling in Dodds 1, Richard Rowe in Elk Prairie, Christine Johnson in Moores Prairie, Branden Schrader in Mt. Vernon 2, Richard Stubblefield in Mt. Vernon 8, Dessie Staley in Rome 2, Richard “Dick” Martin in Shiloh 3, Daniel Hoffman in Shiloh 4 and Randy Edwards in Shiloh 5.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to file petitions. The courthouse will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.