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Deadline to enter June 1 election draws near

The deadline for candidates to declare for the June 1 general election is Friday, April 2, and several offices will be on the ballot.

Offices up for election on Tuesday, June 1, include sheriff, coroner, district attorney, county commissioner or Districts 1, 3 and 5, and Marengo County board of education seats for District 3 and 5.

District 1 is the northern part of the county near Demopolis, while District 3 is the northeast part, including Faunsdale and Dayton, and District 5 is the western and southwestern part of the county, including Jefferson, part of Linden, Sweet Water and Nanafalia.

“The elections for sheriff, coroner and district attorney are all county-wide,” said Marengo County Probate Judge Cindy Neilson. “The county commission positions and the school board positions will all be elected within those districts.”

Sheriff Jesse Langley is resigning this year and is not running for re-election. The offices held by district attorney Greg Griggers, coroner Stuart Eatmon and county commissioners Freddie Armstead, John Crawford and Jerry Lofton are up for election on June 1, as are the board of education seats held by Clifton McKnight and Babs Pritchett.

The June 1 election will also serve as the primary election for the Democratic and Republican parties for the state offices in preparation for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The date for the runoff elections is Tuesday, July 13. Runoffs occur when more than two candidates run for an office and would involve the top two vote counts in the June 1 election.

For voters, the deadline to register to take part in the June 1 election is Friday, May 21. Those who will turn 18 between May 21 and June 1 may pre-register by May 21, but will not be able to register on their birthday for the June 1 election.