Less than two weeks remain until the March 6 filing deadline for county offices.

HOLLY M. GILL - Those interested in filing for county offices have until March 6 to complete the application.With less than two weeks left until the filing deadline, the tally of candidates for Jefferson County offices stands at nine.

Those candidates will be on the ballot for the May 15 primary election.

Four people have filed for retiring Jefferson County Clerk Kathy Marston's position, two people have filed for each of the two open positions on the Jefferson County Commission, and only one person has filed for sheriff, incumbent Sheriff Jim Adkins.

"People have until the 6th of March to file," said Marston, who is retiring after 19 years as county clerk. "For commissioner or county clerk, they have to complete (form) SEL101, which they can get online, at the secretary of state's website, but they have to submit it to this office."

The form is available at

"They can pay a $50 filing fee or they can collect signatures; if they plan to collect signatures, they need to check in with me," said Marston, suggesting that prospective candidates who want to gather signatures rather than pay a fee should check in at least a week ahead of the deadline. "There is a process that must be followed."

Those who have filed for county clerk include Brian Crow, fairgrounds manager; Charity Dubisar, who operates a family business, Snap Shots; Yoonsun Reynolds, who has worked internationally as an interpreter and currently works as an office assistant at Quality Inn, owned by her husband; and Kate Zemke, chief deputy clerk for the county for the past 17 years.

For position 1 on the Jefferson County Commission, currently held by Mae Huston, of Culver, Huston has refiled, along with challenger Kim Schmith, of Madras, a licensed acupuncurist and business owner.

For position 2, two people have filed for the position currently held by Mike Ahern, who has served on the commission since 2006, and previously served a four-year term from 1998-2002.

Courtney Snead and Mary Kendall, both Madras residents, have filed for the position. Snead works as a consultant and small business owner, and Kendall works at Bright Wood Corp.

(Next week, the Pioneer will profile the candidates for County Commission.)

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