By RICK HAYES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Five candidates have picked up petitions for the March 18, 2014, general primary election.
Jefferson County Clerk Connie Simmons began distributing petitions on Tuesday.
Candidates picking up petitions on Tuesday were Simmons, an incumbent Democrat, and Sheriff Roger Mulch, also a Democrat.
Two sheriff candidates picked up petitions on Wednesday. They include Republican John Lewis and Democratic Joey Porter. A fourth potential sheriff’s candidate, Republican John Scott, has begun circulating petitions obtained through the party’s chairman.
Also filing on Wednesday was Dan Knox, the current treasurer. Knox is a Republican.
County offices up for nomination in the 2014 primary include: sheriff, county clerk, county treasurer and County Board members from Districts 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11. All precinct committeemen will also be up for election.
Information states there is no limit to the number of signatures candidates may submit, although candidates are urged to collect more than the minimum number required to prevent signature challenges.
Simmons said all local petitions and other forms may be filed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, through Monday, Dec. 2. She also reminded nominees the courthouse will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 and the Friday proceeding the holiday, on Nov. 29.
Candidates for each office of the same party will be listed on the primary ballot in the order of their petition filing. When two more petitions are received simultaneously for the same office and party on the first day of the filing period and/or within the last hour of the filing period, a lottery will be held to determine ballot placement order.
The general election will be held on Nov. 4, 2014.