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Three file for Oregon County Sheriff's Race

Friday, March 9, 2012

Early on Feb. 28, opening day of candidate filing for county offices, former Alton Police Chief Kevin Jotz and current Southern District Associate Commissioner John Wrenfrow waited for the Oregon County clerk's office to open at 8 a.m., so they could file as candidates.

Despite concern last week of a four-week delay, as the state hammers out redistricting issues, filing for the Aug. 7 primary election was business as usual at the courthouse. Late in the afternoon the day before filing opened, Oregon County Clerk Tracy Bridges said she had not received word from the state to postpone candidate filing.

Jotz, who tossed his hat in the ring as a Republican for sheriff, and Democrat Wrenfrow, who filed to retain his seat, were among the earliest to sign up.

Other first-day filers included current Sheriff George Underwood, a Democrat, setting the stage for a match-up in November.

Former Thayer Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting filed on Feb. 29 for the sheriff's position. He will square off against Jotz for the Republican nomination in August.

Underwood said he heard that others may file for the position, but had not as of Tuesday, March 6.

Wrenfrow, who has been in office several terms, also has been challenged for his seat. Alonzo Bradwell, a Republican, filed for the position.

Incumbent Public Administrator Mike Crawford filed to retain his seat, as did Democratic incumbents Coroner Tom Clary and Assessor Charles Alford.

Oregon County does not participate in the lottery system for ballot placement.

The first candidates to sign up for each position will have their names printed first on ballots.

Filing closes on March 27.

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