One new candidate filed for public office yesterday in the Calhoun County Clerk's office.

Judy Wagoner Bell filed for magistrate, opposing incumbents Teresa Robinson and Rick Postalwait, all Democrats.

Current House of Delegates member Bill Stemple has told friends he intends to file for sheriff, but Stemple generally waits until the last day to to enter a race.

Stemple's last day filing creates a negative situation for county residents who might consider filing for House of Delegates.

There are candidates who have expressed interest in the House seat from the delegate district, which includes Clay and Gilmer.

Newcomer Scottie "Chip" Westfall (Democrat) of Grantsville and incumbent Rick Sampson (Democrat) filed for Calhoun Commission Monday, in addition to Lyle Kerby (Republican).

Newcomer Jim Lemon (Democrat) and incumbent Jason Nettles (Democrat) have filed for Assessor.

Incumbent Sheriff Carl Ballengee (Democrat) filed Monday.

Filing continues through midnight on January 26th.

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