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More candidates filing for local offices

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By Jimmie Earls

The temperature outside may be below freezing, but key races for the May primary election in Washington County are heating up. The field of candidates keeps growing as some new candidates have tossed their hats into the ring.

Republican Tony Royalty has filed to challenge Democratic incumbent John Settles for Washington County Judge-Executive.

The race for Washington County Sheriff has gotten even tighter as Democrat Bradley Langford has added his name to the list of candidates, challenging incumbent Democrat Tommy Bartley along with fellow Democrat Alan Corbett and Republican Jim Crouch.

Filing for re-election was Democrat Hal Goode for the magistrate seat in District 3, while Greg Simms, also a Democrat, is seeking another term as magistrate for District 6.

The deadline to register as a candidate for the May primary is Jan. 26. For more information on how to file for election, contact the Washington County Clerk’s Office at (859) 336-5425.