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County board, county clerk candidates added to ballot

The number of candidates this November for seats on the Fayette County Board has increased from one to seven.
Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Jessica Barker announced on Monday that six candidates have now been added to the general election ballot.
Seven four-year terms and one two-year term are up for election this year, and prior to the primary election, the only candidate for a county board seat was Republican Matt Hall, who is running for the District 2 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Beckman.
Beckman, who is currently serving as the board chairman, has previously said that he does not plan to seek re-election.
Barker said that the candidates for county board seats now include:
• District 1 – Republican incumbent Jenny “Austin” Waggoner of rural Ramsey.
• District 2 – Republican Matt Hall of Vandalia.
• District 3 – Democrat Larry Emerick, four-year term; and Republican James Wehrle of Vandalia, two-year unexpired term.
Expiring this year are the terms of Democrat Glen “Whitey” Daniels and Republican Patrick G. Click Jr., who was appointed after Chad Austin resigned last August.
• District 4 – Democrat Brian Holliday and Republican Douglas Knebel, both of Vandalia. The term of long-time board member Dean Bernhardt, a Republican, ends this November.
This is the only county board race at this time.
• District 7 – Republican incumbent Glenda Bartels of rural St. Elmo.
Also up for election are four-year terms in districts 5 and 6.
Expiring are the terms of Darrell Schaal, a District 5 Republican who currently serves as vice chairman, and Bryce Kistler, a District 6 Republican.
No one has filed for those two seats at this time.
Also on this year’s general election ballot is Jessica Barker, who was appointed to the county clerk and recorder post by the county board in April following the resignation of Vicky Conder. Barker will run for the remaining two years on that term.
That latest group of general election candidates were appointed to run by their political party.
In addition to announcing the new November candidates, Barker also noted that Valerie Dothager is now the elections deputy clerk in the county clerk and recorder’s office.

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