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Candidate qualifying for June primaries ends Friday

With just two days remaining to qualify, there are no surprise candidates that have thrown their names in the hat for the upcoming June primaries.

Everybody qualified so far has announced campaigns since before qualifying began in early January, and nobody mounting a campaign has failed to qualify.

If no surprise candidates enter the ring before the deadline, the primaries will decide the local races.

The races for the District 89 seat on the Alabama House of Representatives, probate judge, circuit judge, district judge and Pike County Board of Education seat 6 are all exclusively Republican candidates. Jamie Scarbrough, a Republican, is the only candidate in the race currently for circuit clerk and Russell Thomas and Jerry Williams, both Democrats, are both currently unopposed in their campaigns for sheriff and coroner, respectively. Incumbent Republican Jimmy Holley is also currently unopposed in the race for District 31 in the Alabama Senate.

Marcus Paramore, current Troy City Council president, and Wes Allen, current probate judge, will compete to replace Rep. Alan Boothe for the District 89 seat in the State House.

Donna Horn, president of the Pike County Republican Party, said the race will be one of the most closely watched by local residents.

“I think the biggest two races everybody’s going to have their eyes on are the replacement of Alan Boothe, who is retiring, and the replacement of Wes Allen as probate judge,” Horn said. “Those positions are both extremely important to Pike County. I think the candidates that have announced campaigns are qualified to hold those positions.”

Alton Starling, clerk for the City of Troy, and Michael Bunn, local attorney, have qualified to square off in the Republican primary.

The race for the District 2 seat on the U.S. House of Representatives will be a hotly contested seat with four Republicans and two Democrats currently vying for the position. Incumbent Martha Roby will face Barry Moore, Tommy Amason and Rich Hobson as challengers in the Republican primary. Tabitha Isner and Audri Scott Williams are hoping to be the Democratic candidate for the seat.

Three Republican candidates seeking to replace District Judge Bill Hightower have qualified their candidacy including January “Jana” Blair Ellis, Steven Curtis and Virginia Green Nowling.

Two candidates have qualified to run for the circuit judge position in lieu of the retirement of Judge Tom Head. Those candidates are Josh Wilson and Henry “Sonny” Reagan.

Deb Fortune has qualified to challenge incumbent candidate Chris Wilkes in the race for the District 6 seat on the Pike County Board of Education.

Dr. Clint Foster is currently unopposed in his campaign to be reelected to the District 5 seat of the school board.

The primaries will be held Tuesday, June 5. Voters will vote at their regular county and state voting precincts. Voter ID will be required.

The election ballot also includes the races for governor, lieutenant governor, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Attorney General and more. For more information on the election, go to www.alabamavotes.gov. For full, updated lists of qualified candidates visit www.algop.org and www.aldemocrats.org.