Qualifying ends last week for local races

Qualifying ended last Friday with many Shelby County residents officially beginning the race for a variety of county offices.

On the ballot for the June 4 primary are the offices of sheriff, coroner, superintendent of education, Board of Education Place 1 and the new office of property tax commissioner.

Running for the office of sheriff in the Republican primary will be David R. Alexander of Birmingham, and Chris Curry and Randy Christian, both of North Shelby County.

Alexander currently serves as a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy. Curry is chief deputy of the department. Christian currently serves as a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

The only Shelby County resident who qualified as a Democrat in the race for sheriff was James Tucker. No other Democrats have qualified for Shelby County’s local races.

Qualifying for coroner on the Republican ballot were Valerie Pate, Doug Ballard Jr. and James Wagner, all of Montevallo. Ballard is currently serving an unexpired term as coroner.

Evan Major Jr. of Columbiana was the only candidate to qualify for the office of superintendent of education.

Four Shelby Countians qualified for Place 1 on the Board of Education. Qualifying were Peg Hill and current board member Donna Morris, both of Columbiana, Earl Vandigrifft of Alabaster and Dianne Colston Burrows of Shelby.

Two county commissioners, a former Columbiana city councilman and the current tax collector have qualified to run for the office of property tax commissioner.

The office of property tax commissioner was created following a Shelby County vote last November.

County residents voted to eliminate the dual offices of tax assessor and tax collector and to combine them into one office, property tax commissioner.

On the June 4 Republican primary ballot for property tax commissioner are tax collector Annette Skinner, county commissioners Don Armstrong and Ted Crockett and former Columbiana city councilman Johnny Lowe