by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – The close of candidate filing for the August 2nd Primary election in Taney County shows contested races for Sheriff, Assessor and Coroner, in addition to Eastern and Western District Commissioner.
Candidate filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Taney County will have an all-Republican ballot in August, as no Democrats declared their intentions to seek office.
In the race for Eastern District Commissioner, eight candidates have filed, including Darrel Cornelius, Ron Daniels, Steve Adams, James Strahan, Ron Herschend, John Dees, Austin Moore and Sheila Wyatt.
Strahan formerly held office as County Assessor, and is the brother of current office holder Danny Strahan, who is not seeking another term. Herschend previously held office as Western District Commissioner, and Wyatt currently serves as Taney County Collector.
For Western District Commissioner, incumbent Brandon Williams will be joined on the ballot by Tim Taylor, Edward Ulrich and Gary Allman.
Incumbent County Assessor Chuck Pennel is running again, and faces a challenge from Susan Chapman.
Coroner Kevin Tweedy is seeking re-election, and will be joined on the ballot by Louis Chapman and Angela Coffelt.
Sheriff Jimmie Russell is asking voters for another term in office, and is facing a challenge from Robert Sanderson and Keith Edwards.
Running unopposed for re-election are Treasurer Melanie Smith and Public Administrator Carol Davis.
And current Division 1 Associate Circuit Judge Tony Williams has filed for the position of Circuit 46 Judge, created with the division of the 38th Circuit, which encompassed Taney and Christian Counties. No other candidates have filed for the new judgeship.