With the age-mandated requirement that dictates that must step down as Macon County Probate Judge after reaching the age of 70, seven Democratic candidates have qualified to run for the position being vacated by Alfonza Menefee.
No Republicans have qualified to run for local races.
Qualifying ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 for the June 5 Primary election. The runoff election is set for July 17 and the General Election is scheduled for Nov. 6.
Other local positions up for election this year include: Macon County Sheriff; Macon County Coroner; Macon County Commission, District 2; Macon County Commission, District 4; Macon County Board of Education, Place 1; Macon County Board of Education, At-Large; Male and Female members of the Macon County Democratic Executive Committee for Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Menefee, 71, is stepping down after 30 years in office. He was first elected in 1988 for the term that is for six years..
Qualifying for Macon County Probate Judge are:
•Sidney L. Brown, who works for the State of Alabama Career Tech Office.
•David Clinkscales, Franklin Town councilman who is employed by CSX Railroad.
•James Cooper, employee of the Tuskegee University School of Agriculture.
•Dierdre Holmes Harkless, chief clerk in the Macon County Probate Office.
•Frank “Chris” Lee Jr., an attorney who serves on the Tuskegee City Council and the Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT).
•Derrick Martin, no information available.
•Tracey Moon, employee of the Macon County Probate Judge tag office.
Andre “Dre” Brunson is the lone qualifier in the Macon County Sheriff race as he seeks a second four-year term.
Hal Bentley has served 32 years as Macon County Coroner and is running for a ninth term. He is the only candidate for the position.
Incumbent Macon County Commissioner for District 2, retired educator Edward “Coach” Huffman, is seeking a second term term after serving six years when terms became staggered. He is being challenged by Jacquelyn Carlisle, community news editor for The Tuskegee News.
Robert “Mike” Berry is seeking a fifth four-year term as Macon County Commissioner for District 4. He has been in office for 26 years. Notasulga resident Frank Dillman is expected to enter the race against Berry for the general election.
Elnora Smith Love has qualified for a six-year term on te Macon County Board of Education, Place 1. Currently serving as board president, Love has no opposition for a third term.
Incumbent Katy Campbell is seeking a fourth six-year term on the Macon County Board of Education for the At-Large seat. Retired educator Clinton C. Boyd Jr. is also running as an At-Large candidate.
Macon County Democratic Executive Committee seats for four-year terms can have four males and four females for each of the four districts. If there are not enough candidates for each district, appointments will be made after the election to fill any vacant positions.
For District 1, incumbent members Betty Davis and Willie Kirk Jr. have qualified for reelection.
In District 2, the lone female candidate is incumbent Linda C. Marable. Male incumbents running for reelection are Rufus Felton, Fred D. Gray, Fred D. Gray Jr. and Arthur Johnson.
For District 3, incumbent female qualifiers are Shirley Curry, Veronica L. Ferguson and Johnnie B. Harrison. No males qualified for the District 3 spots.
In District 4, incumbents Hattie P. King and Teressa Momon are on the ballot. Five males are competing for the four seats in District 4. Incumbents are Robert M. Burton, Robert L. Davis, George W. Grimes and Alex Stanton. The fifth candidate is Macon County Engineer J.D. Smith.