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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:04 am

Sometime in the next week or two, general conversations will start turning more from the dry weather and gardens and fields that need rain to another topic which comes around just as regularly – politics and elections.

The “signs” of the times already stand in line in the different towns and show up along the country roads that traverse the county.

Lesterville PTO held the first meet-the-candidate pie auction Friday night, June 8, and more events will follow as the elections near.

As is most often the case, the Aug. 7 primary will determine most of the local political races due to a lack of candidates on the Republican ticket.

The election this year will be different for Bunker voters in one way – they will be voting at the new firehouse/community center rather than Bunker High School, according to Mike Harper, the Reynolds County election authority.

Locally, only three races will be decided this year in the Aug. 7 primary.

Both the north and south commissioners (Wayne Henson and Doug Warren) are being challenged on the Democratic ticket by Eddie Williams in the north against Henson, and Herbie Amsden in the south against Warren.

Since there are no Republican candidates for either position, the winner of the primary will take the position barring any independent or write-in campaigns.

A race that is sure to generate a great deal of discussion and has already generated a host of political signs and some fundraisers is the race for Reynolds County sheriff.

Incumbent Sheriff Tom Volner is completing his first term after replacing former Sheriff Gary Barton, a veteran of five successful campaigns himself.

Volner, from Lesterville, faces Ellington Policeman and former Deputy Bruce Helferstay in the August Democratic Primary, with the winner then facing Republican candidate Steve Roberts of Ellington in the November General Election.

All three candidates have more than 25 years of law enforcement experience.

Those are the only three local races this year, barring any independent campaign, which would require petitions containing about 100 signatures before the July 31 deadline to get on the November ballot.

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