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Election 2018: Candidates for local office file for 2018 primary races

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 — Wednesday was the first day that candidates seeking an elected office in 2019 could file, and several candidates have already thrown their respective hats in the ring.

SHERIFF. The two announced candidates for Nelson County Sheriff both filed their candidate paperwork Wednesday morning.

Kaelin Matthews and Ramon Pineiroa both filed to run for the office of Nelson County Sheriff. Both men are currently employed by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office. According to their candidate paperwork, both men are registered members of the Democratic party.

Both Matthews and Pineiroa each have campaign kick-off events planned for Saturday. Click the links for details.

FISCAL COURT. The incumbent 1st District Magistrate, Keith Metcalfe, was the first member of Nelson Fiscal Court to file for re-election. Metcalfe — a registered Democrat — filed his paperwork Wednesday at the office of Nelson County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau.

Sam Hutchins, the incumbent magistrate representing the county’s 2nd District, filed for re-election Thursday. Hutchins is a registered Democrat.

JAILER. Michael P. Johnson was the first person to file as a candidate for Nelson County Jailer. Johnson’s candidate declaration does not specify a political party.

Incumbent Jailer Dorcas Figg filed for re-election Thursday at the clerk’s office.

The Nelson County Clerk’s office will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

The last day to file as a candidate for an office that must run in the May 2018 primary is 4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2018.

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