The majority of filings on Tuesday  were republican candidates

Filing was brisk in Camden, Miller and Morgan counties as candidates lined up to officially declare their candidacy.

Traditionally filings are heaviest on the first and last day of the filing period.

The day saw far more Republicans in the three counties tossing their hats in the ring than Democrats.

In Miller County, all first day filings were Republicans. The rush to file is critical in Miller County for candidates who believe being first on the ballot gives them an edge.

Miller County uses the first in line, first on the ballot when determining who's name appears at the top of the list. Morgan and Camden counties use a lottery system.

One of the surprises of the day was in Miller County where incumbent Sheriff Bill Abbott will be running against Heather Riley. Riley is a newcomer to Miller County politics. Miller and Riley will face off in the August primary. Both are running on the Republican ticket.

In other Miller County filings, three Republicans including the current officeholder will be running for Miller County Public Administrator. Teresa Lupardus and Jason Robinson have filed to against incumbent Wilma Keeth.

Incumbent Commissioners Darrell Bunch and Brian Duncan are running for re-election. At the end of the first day of filing, Bunch had one challenger, Steve Dummermuth.

Incumbent Rick Callahan is running for coroner for Miller County.

In Morgan County, a few Democrats filed for county-wide offices.

The only candidate to step forward for Morgan County Sheriff on Tuesday was incumbent Jim Petty. Petty is a Democrat.

In what may be an interesting race among Republicans, current State Representative Rodney Schad filed for the Morgan County assessor's race. Schad is coming to the end of his legislative term.

Colleen Richardson Richey also filed for the office. Schad and Richardson Richey are Republicans.

Candidates for the associate commissioners were slim the first day. Republican Wayne Kroeschen, Jr. was the first in to sign up for Morgan County Western District Commissioner. Kroeschen surrently holds the western district seat on the county commission.

Two candidates stepped forward for the Morgan County Public Administrators seat. Democrat Doris Elliott will run against Republican Amanda Huffman.

Democrat MB Jones was the lone filing for county coroner in Morgan County.

The race is on in Camden County for the sheriff's position. First day filings results has Republican incumbent Dwight Franklin facing two challengers for the position. Franklin is finishing out his first term as sheriff. So far, Franklin has two challengers, John (Eddie) Emery and Dan Cable. Emery and Cable filed as Republicans.

Camden County Associate Commissioner (District 2) Thom Gumm will face opposition in the August primary against fellow Republican Cliff Luber to retain his seat.

So far, a host of incumbents are the only candidates for their respective offices.

Republican Associate District Commissioner Thom Gumm filed for re-election as did Elaine Gilley for Camden County Treasurer and Nancy Douglas for Camden County Public Administrator. Gilley and Douglas are Republicans. Camden County Assessor Eddie Whitworth also filed for re-election. Whitworth is a Democrat.


*Editor's Note: A correction has been made on this story in the Camden County Commissioner's race due to incorrect information received from the Camden County Clerk.