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Primary ballots set, race begins for 2012 election

Published 12:06pm Thursday, January 19, 2012

The ballots are set for the 2012 primary, local political parties said Wednesday.

The deadline to qualify with both parties for the primary was Friday and the primary election is scheduled for March 13. The primary runoff election, if necessary, will be held April 24 and the general election will take place Nov. 6.

In local races, Jim “Mo” Cleveland and Steve Adams will face off in March for the Republican nomination of Tallapoosa County Circuit Clerk.

For Tallapoosa County Probate Judge, Charles Gillenwaters and Mike Knox will compete for the Democratic nomination, while Leon Archer and A.G. “Tony” Wilson will square off for the Republican nomination.

John P. Wilcox and fellow Democrat Joe Windle will also face off for the Democratic nomination of Tallapoosa County Superintendent of Education.

Tallapoosa County Board of Education District seats 1 and 2 are also up for election this year. Harold Farrow is challenging District 1 incumbent Matilda Woodyard-Hamilton in the Democratic primary. Martin Johnson is running as a Democrat for District 2.

Also on the local ballot will be Republicans Danny Moncrief, John Hardy and Tina Marie Spraggins for the seat of Tallapoosa County Constable.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican who represents Alabama’s third district, qualified to run without opposition in the election.

In addition, Incumbent Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr., Place 2, of Tallapoosa County has qualified to retain his seat on the bench, as has Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Steve R. Perryman, Place 3, of Chambers County. Both are Democrats. The Fifth Judicial Circuit includes Tallapoosa, Randolph, Chambers and Macon counties.

In races where there is no opposition within the parties, the names will not appear on ballots until the general election.

Tallapoosa County Democratic Party Chair Randy Haynes said he is excited about the party’s “strong field of candidates” this election year.

“I expect the probate judge and Tallapoosa County superintendent of ducation races to generate a lot of interest,” Haynes said.

John Prophitt, chairman of the Tallapoosa County Republican Party, said he is proud of all the Republican candidates for their “conviction to place their names into the public arena as a candidate for public office.”

“We wish all of them the very best in their efforts,” Prophitt said. “This year, more than ever, the general public will be looking to the ballot in general, and the Republican Party in particular, to bring conservative, responsive leadership to all levels of our government.”