by Tim Church
FORSYTH, Mo. – Several Taney County officials discover they will be running in contested races for the upcoming primary election during Tuesday’s first candidate filing day.
Republican Robert Sanderson filed his bid to run as sheriff, as did incumbent Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell.
Taney County Western District Commissioner Brandon Williams is also seeking re-election. He is being joined in the race by Republican Tim Taylor.
In October, longtime Eastern District Commissioner Danny Strahan announced he would not be seeking reelection. Filing on Tuesday as hopefuls for his replacement were Republicans Ron Daniels and Steve Adams.
Seeking the position of County Coroner is incumbent Kevin Tweedy, who will face two Republicans in the race, Angela Coffelt and Louis Chapman.
So far running unopposed in the August 2nd Primary Election are incumbents Chuck Pennel for Assessor, Melanie Smith for Treasurer, and Carol Davis for Public Administrator.
Sheila Wyatt is also currently running unopposed for Swan Township Committee Woman, as is Lea Ann Coffelt for Oliver Township Committee Woman.
The candidate filing period ends on Tuesday, March 29th at 5 p.m.