A petition to add former Camden County sheriff John Page to the August Primary ballot has been filed with the Camden County Clerk's Office and is in the process of verification.


A petition to add former Camden County sheriff John Page to the August Primary ballot has been filed with the Camden County Clerk's Office and is in the process of verification.

Page handed in more than 630 signatures he gathered from throughout the community to add his name to the ballot for the Camden County sheriff's race.

Page is running as an Independent candidate.
In order to appear on the ballot, Page was required to collect approximately 500 signatures from registered voters. The number of signatures is based on the total number of voters in the 2008 election.
The Camden County Clerk's Office will verify the petition by randomly selecting signatures and ensuring they are registered voters within the county.

Page said he'll be notified about the results of the verification process within the next week or so.
"I'm not worried," Page said, confidently.

Page, a former Democrat, and current Sheriff Dwight Franklin, a Republican, ran a heated race throughout the 2008 campaign. The race ended with Franklin ousting Page, who had served as sheriff for 16 years.
"I've been out of it for three years now," Page said. "I really enjoyed the job (as sheriff) and I want to get back in there."

Page said his goal was to turn the sheriff's department back around and working with and for the community.
"I want to restore the department back to the community," Page said.

So far, Franklin has three challengers on the Republican ticket in the August Primary. John (Eddie) Emery, Dan Cable and Johnny Payne have filed as Republicans. Emery is a Camden County deputy. Payne is a former school resource officer at Camdenton School District/Camdenton Police Department. Cable is retired law enforcement.

Only one Democrat has filed for the seat, Constance Lowtharp, of Camdenton.
The August primary will narrow down the choices to voters with one candidate per party.