Qualifying deadline for elections is Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 6, 2006

Three political races in Butler County will be contested in the Democratic primary to be held on June 6.

For sheriff, incumbent Diane Harris will face Kenny Harden, while two candidates, John Hall and Charles G. Rogers, will vie for probate judge Steve Norman's job.

Johnny Lee is currently the lone Republican seeking the office of probate judge. The winner of the June primary will face off against Lee in the general election on Nov. 7.

County corner Richard Hornsby chose not to seek re-election, leaving the position open for two Greenville residents, Wayne Garlock and Virgil Acreman.

Acreman works as a security officer with Greenville Security and Garlock is self-employed with Gems Ambulance.

Hornsby beat Garlock in the 2002 primary.

Currently running unopposed in the primary is Circuit Clerk Allen Stephenson and Circuit Judge Edward McFerrin.

Harden, who is a Deputy State Fire Marshall with the state, forced Harris into a run-off during the 2002 sheriff's election. In the run-off a few weeks later, Harris beat Harden by 100 votes, 2,502 to 2,402. She then went on to beat Georgiana police chief James Blackmon, who was the benefit of 1500 votes via a write-in campaign.

Harris is seeking her fourth consecutive term as sheriff of Butler County.

To qualify in the Democratic primary, candidates must submit all paperwork and fees at the law offices of Hartley and Hickman by 5 p.m. Friday.