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Attaway will not seek re-election; six candidates announce plans to run

Calhoun County Clerk of Court Ruth Attaway announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election. “I think it is time for somebody younger to take it and go with it,” she remarked, adding that she will soon turn 70 and has other goals to pursue. Attaway plans to lobby free of charge for Calhoun County, something she has little time for in her role as clerk. She also hopes to remain active on the local airport board if the new clerk will re-appoint her. “I’m also passionate about the hospital,” she said, noting she will continue to serve on that board as well. Attaway’s daughter, Renee Attaway Crawford, also an accountant, filed her letter of intent Tuesday afternoon to seek her mother’s post. She is running as a democrat. There were two announcements this week in the sheriff’s race – Roman Wood, a major at the agency, is running as a democrat, and Earl Hunt, an Altha mechanic and former county commissioner, is running no party affiliation. Wood is currently unopposed on the democratic ticket. Also running no party affiliation are James “Jimmy” Baggett and Ken Futch. Sheila Harrell Blackburn has filed her letter of intent to run for Calhoun County Supervisor of Elections. She will run with no party affiliation. Blackburn will face incumbent Margie Laramore (NPA) in November, along with the winner of the democratic primary between Sharon Chason and Sky Scott. In the county commission district 1 race, Nathan Goodman is running with no party affiliation. He will face Fred D. Blankenship in the democratic primary. The winner will go up against James Grover (NPA) and Jerry Guilford (R) in November. No word on whether incumbent Danny Ray Wise will seek re-election. Charles “Chic” Wood has announced plans to run for county commissioner in district 5. He is running NPA and will face incumbent Harold Pickron (D).

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