With about a week left to file for the fall election, almost no one has filed to run for city commissioner or city council member in any of Lincoln County's three main municipalities.
County Clerk Sonny Spoonamore said Tuesday Jimmy Lane is the only person who has filed to run for Hustonville City Council. No one has filed to run for Stanford City Council or Crab Orchard City Commission.
Spoonamore said usually he sees people filing well ahead of the deadline, which is this coming Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. sharp.
Spoonamore has seen potential candidates miss the deadline by just a few moments. On one such close miss, the person got very angry, but Spoonamore said there's nothing that can be done once the clock strikes.
Current Stanford City Councilman Eddie Carter said while he hasn't officially filed yet, he does plan to file before the deadline and seek re-election. Carter said he believes the other council members plan to run again as well, they just haven't filed yet.
Current Crab Orchard City Commissioner Phylis Adams said she knows of at least three people, including herself, who plan to run for city commission, and there could be several more as well.
Adams is familiar with low candidate turn-out in Crab Orchard — two years ago, only two people had filed to run for city commission. With the deadline approaching, Adams said her friends convinced her to run for a seat on the commission. She filed her papers half an hour before the deadline.
Adams said if she hadn't run, her seat would have been left open for the mayor to appoint someone to.