The first day of qualifying for candidates seeking to serve in county office often brings surprise candidates. There was a twist in the surprise this year:
Phyllis Stanford, the popular circuit clerk of Union County for the last two decades, announced Tuesday, January 3, that she will NOT be a candidate for re-election this year.
Stanford surprised many of her friends with her decision. She said she had been weighing the choice for several weeks.
She intends to serve the remainder of the term to which she was elected in 2019 and will retire when that term expires at the end of 2023.
A number of candidates did qualify on Tuesday. All filed as Republicans. They were:
Jimmy Edwards, Sheriff
Luke Taylor, Constable West
Steve Watson, Supervisor 5th District
Annette Coffey, Chancery Clerk
Christy Adair, Circuit Clerk
Anthony Bullard, Sheriff
Michael Moody, Supervisor 3rd District
Chris Childers, Justice Court Judge, West
Randy Owen, Supervisor, 4th District
David Garrison, Justice Court Judge, East
Tameri Dunam, Tax Assessor/Collector
Pam Boman, Coroner
P. J. Doyle, Constable, East
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