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Petitioner doesn’t qualify for school board race

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Not everyone who submitted a petition to run in the upcoming election will be on the August ballot, the Tipton County Election Commission said this week. 

Following the April 3 filing deadline, last week the election commission met to qualify petitions. Steve Clark, who hoped to run for the District 2 seat on the school board, did not qualify. 

“Steve did not file proof of education with his petition, as is required,” said Tipton County Administrator of Elections Neil Bell. “He has filed a request to have his write-in votes counted, which we will do.” 

Clark not qualifying means there will be no candidate on the ballot for that race. Incumbent Chris Fisher did not seek re-election. District 2 encompasses North Covington.

Additionally, Bell said the Anti-Skullduggery Act of 1991 has been triggered by the withdrawal of incumbent constable Bob Pike from the District 6 race. 

“If an incumbent withdraws on the day of the withdrawal deadline, the qualifying deadline for the office must be extended seven days,” Bell said.  

The deadline for the District 6 constable race has been extended until noon today and the withdrawal date has been extended until noon on April 21. 

Prior to the extension, Pike was only opposed by James “Shugs” Stroud of Drummonds, a Tipton County dispatcher and lieutenant at Quito-Drummonds Volunteer Fire Department. 

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