OREGON COUNTY -- Candidate filling for the Aug. 3 Missouri primary election began across the state and in Oregon County Feb. 24. Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said filing will end at 5 p.m. March 30.
The county clerk said there are seven county offices open on the election ballot and all seven incumbents have filed for re-election.
As of March 3, only two incumbents have drawn opposition. They include Associate Commissioner of the Second District, or northern district, Buddy Wright. Wright, from Alton, will face Alton resident Dick Richardson. Both candidates have filed as Democrats.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward will also have his name on the ballot. Ward of Thayer will run against Koshkonong resident Doug Fountaine.
Fountaine, who ran against Ward last election, will run this time as a Democrat. Two years ago he ran as a Republican. Sheriff Ward filed as a Democrat.
Other offices open for election and the incumbents who have filed include: the office of circuit clerk and recorder of deeds. After the retirement of Janice Andrews last year, long-time deputy circuit clerk Dorothy Barton was appointed to fill the unexpired term. Barton has filed as a Democrat.
John "Big John" Wrenfrow of Myrtle is seeking re-election to the Associate Commissioners First District, or southern district, seat. Wrenfrow filed as a Democrat.
Charles Alford of Alton has filed as a Democrat for re-election as county assessor.
Incumbent Mike Crawford is the only Republican on the ballot. Crawford of Alton will seek re-election as Oregon County public administrator.
Tom Clary of Alton will seek the county coroner's position. Clary filed as a Democrat.