With qualifying deadline now past, the ballot is set for elected office in Shelby County for 2014 Republican Primary. Candidates had to file qualifying documents with the county Republican Party by 5:00pm Friday, February 7 in order to compete for their respective offices.
The Shelby County Republican Party (SCGOP) has qualifying authority for local county offices including Sheriff, Coroner, Property Tax Commissioner, Superintendent of Education, and Board of Education. The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) has jurisdiction to qualify candidates that are local to the county, but serve in judicial circuit or district (i.e. District Judge a Place 2), along with all legislative seats. Those include members of the house of representative and state senate. Districts included within Shelby County in whole or in part are: House: 15, 41, 43, 45, 48, 49, and 73; Senate: 11, 14, 15, and 16.
"All things considered, there were no real surprises" noted Shelby County GOP Chairman Freddy Ard. "Consistently, where there were incumbents running for the position currently held, those are all Republicans here and were unchallenged," Ard noted. "The contests, and in some cases with multiple candidates, emerged from places that were either open seats, or new seats to the county legislative delegation."
"For those offices for which incumbents are unopposed, that reflects a resounding satisfaction among voters for the excellent job our Republican officials are doing in their respective roles ", Ard stated. "Otherwise, we have some of the finest elected officials ever to serve leaving office, having set the standard very high, yet among those contending there are many very capable of stepping unto those big shoes", the chairman added.