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Ballot set for May 20 primary
By Jayson Jacoby
The ballot for Baker County’s primary election on May 20 is set.
Tuesday was the deadline to file as a candidate.
The primary election will include three contested races.
Baker County Commission
Two of the three commission seats are up for election.
• Incumbent Commission Chairman Fred Warner Jr. is running against Bill Harvey. Both are Republicans.
• Incumbent Commissioner Mark Bennett is running against Dick Fleming and Gene Stackle.
All three candidates are Republicans.
Bennett and Fleming filed as candidates months ago.
Stackle filed his campaign papers on Tuesday.
Barring a successful candidacy by a write-in Democratic or other candidate in the November general election, the primary will be the decisive vote.
The winner in each of the two races will advance to the general election as the Republican nominee, and run unopposed unless there’s a write-in candidate.
Because no Democrat candidates filed for either commission seat, only registered Republicans will vote in the county commissioner races in the primary.
As of Feb. 1, 46.9 percent of Baker County’s registered voters — 4,712 of 10,054 — were registered Republicans.
April 29 is the last day residents can either register to vote, or for registered voters to change their party affiliation.
Voters can register temporarily as Republicans in order to vote in the two county commission races, then revert to their previous status after the primary election.
Most ballots for the vote-by-mail primary will be mailed April 29.
Each commission position is a four-year term.
Baker County Clerk
Incumbent Tami Green has decided not to seek re-election to the non-partisan position for a four-year term.
Three candidates are vying to replace her starting in 2015: Marcy Osborn, Cindy Carpenter and Lara Petitclerc.
If one of the three candidates wins more than 50 percent of the total votes in the primary, she will be elected.
If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes, then the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election.
Baker County Treasurer
Incumbent Alice Durflinger is running unopposed for another four-year term in the non-partisan position.