Five candidates filed for Pulaski County Sheriff during the first day of the August primary filing period today.
The five candidates–all filing on the Republican ticket–were current Sheriff Jimmy Bench and challengers, Clarence Liberty, Rex Larson, Nick Pappas, and David Etheridge.
Four Republicans filed for Pulaski County Eastern District Commissioner–Glen Clark, Charles Bassett, Roger Rose, and Angie Hale.
Two Republican candidates filed for Western District Commissioner–Joe Leuthen and Justin Smith.
Current Pulaski County Assessor–Daniel Whittle, Republican–filed for re-election, and current Public Administrator–Loretta Rouse, Republican–also filed for re-election.
Two Republicans filed for Pulaski County Coroner–Roger D. Graves the Second and Gary Carmack.
No one has filed yet for County Surveyor.
On the state level, the first day filings include Bill Hardwick of Waynesville, who filed for the post that will be vacated by current representative, Steve Lynch, at the end of the year. Hardwick filed as a Republican.
No one has filed yet for 121st District State Representative. Donald Mayhew of Crocker is the current Republican officeholder in the 121st.
Jeff Knight of Lebanon, a Republican, has filed for 129th District State Representative.
In the 124th district, three Republicans have filed for the state representative post currently held by Rocky Miller. They are Lisa Thomas of Lake Ozark, Duell Wayne Lauderdale of Lake Ozark, and Benny Thomas of Four Seasons. Thomas is a medical doctor who has an office in Downtown Waynesville.
Three candidates have filed for 4th District Congress. They are Neal Gist, Republican from Laurie, Lindsey Simmons, Democrat from Hallsville, and Leonard J. Steinmen the 2nd, Libertarian from Jefferson City.