SHOALS – The two races for Martin County commissioner seats, both involving Republicans, will be among only three contested races on the May 5 primary election ballot.

Monday was the deadline for candidates to file as Republicans or Democrats for various county seats for the primary election.

If a political party does not field a candidate in the primary election, party officials have the option of selecting a candidate after the primary to run in the Nov. 3 general election. If a candidate does not face a primary opponent, their name will automatically appear on the general election ballot.

In the commissioner’s race, District 1, incumbent Kevin R. Boyd is being challenged by Cody Roush. No Democrat is running in the primary.

Three men are seeking the position of county commissioner, District 3. Incumbent Republican Aaron “Moose” Summers is being challenged by Jon Richer. The winner in the primary will face Democrat Michael (Mike) D. Dant in the general election.

The only other contested primary contest involves delegates to the Republican state convention. These five candidates are running for four delegate slots: Warren Albright, Leah Govea, Gerald D. Montgomery, Larry G. Shaw and Chase A. Wilcoxen.

Candidates who will be unopposed on the primary ballot are: incumbent Democrat Tina M. Franklin for Martin County auditor, incumbent Republican Rhonda Sanders for Martin County recorder, incumbent Republican Nathan D. Hoffman for Martin County surveyor and incumbent Republican Lori Carrico for Martin County treasurer.

All five candidates on the primary ballot for three Martin County Council at-large seats will advance to the general election. They are incumbent Democrats Richard Summers and Jim Woody, and incumbent Republicans Warren D. Albright and Keith Gibson and Adam Greene.

These three candidates – Audra P. Deckard, Stephen A. Deckard and Larry R. Fellers – will be elected as delegates to the Democrat state convention.

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