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Trio of Republicans qualify to run for Lawrence offices

By Clyde L. Stancil
DAILY Staff writer 340-2443

MOULTON — The first three of what the Lawrence County Republican Party hopes will be many candidates qualified to run for county offices at the courthouse Monday afternoon.

Party Chairman Johnny Turner said he knows the party's attempt to win local elections is tough, but he said Republicans are making progress in Lawrence County.

Two candidates qualified for County Commission seats. A third candidate put in his papers for the sheriff's race.

Danny Kerby of Wolf Springs is seeking the District 2 commission seat occupied by Hutson Parker.

Will Hurst of Moulton is running for the seat held by District 3 Commissioner Bradley Cross.

Billy Steele, a National Guardsman from Speake who served as a military police officer in Iraq, hopes to unseat Sheriff Bryan Hill.

Kerby said he expects more Republican candidates to qualify.

"We'll probably have someone qualify for probate judge and the District 4 and 5 commission seats," he said. "There is one person considering the District 2 Board of Education seat."

Probate Judge Richard I. "Rip" Proctor is retiring. Wade Harrison is the District 2 school board member. The District 4 and 5 County Commission seats are held by Barkley Lentz and Randall LouAllen, respectively.

All of the incumbents are Democrats.

A majority of Lawrence County voters sometimes vote Republican in national elections, but they have not elected a Republican locally in recent memory.

There is a $100 qualifying fee for Lawrence County Republicans.

Qualifying for all candidates ends April 7 at 5 p.m.

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