- Cullman, Alabama

February 6, 2014

Deadline for candidates to get on 2014 ballot Friday

By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times

— The deadline for candidates to file campaign paperwork to get their names on the June primary ballot is Friday.

Candidates need to file their candidacy forms with the Cullman County Republican or Democratic parties by 5 p.m. The primary is June 13, with a run-off scheduled for July 15 and the general election set for Nov. 4

The following offices are up for election: Sheriff, coroner, revenue commissioner, county commission (places 1 and 2) and county school board representatives for Fairview (District 2), Hanceville (District 4), Vinemont (District 6) and Good Hope (District 7).

The following candidates have qualified for the Republican primary as of Wednesday for the respective county races:

 Sheriff: Incumbent Mike Rainey and challengers Tim Creel and Matt Gentry

 Coroner: Jeremy Kilpatrick

 Revenue Commissioner: Incumbent Barry Willingham

 County Commission Place 1 (East side): Incumbent Darrell Hicks and challenger Kerry Watson

 County Commission Place 2 (West side): Incumbent Stanley Yarbrough and challengers James Graves, Gary Marchman, J.P. White and Doug Williams

 County school board representatives: (District 2) incumbent Chris Carter, (District 4) incumbent Kenny Brockman, (District 6) Mike Graves and (District 7) incumbent Jason Speegle.

For the local democratic party, Gary Murphree has qualified for the coroner’s race along with incumbent District 6 county school board member Danny Hasenbein who is running for reelection.

Cullman County GOP Chairman Kenneth Cornelius said candidates can file their paperwork with him at the Cullman County Probate Office until 5 p.m. Friday.

Last month, Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett changed the deadline statewide to Feb. 7, cutting the qualification period from two months to three weeks. To comply with the state’s schedule, both the Alabama Republican and Democratic parties announced candidate qualifying from Jan. 13 to Friday. The original qualifying dates were slated to open Feb. 1 and close April 4.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.