The Pulaski County Circuit Court has issued a writ of election, clearing the way for a race for sheriff in November.
Pulaski County Registrar Kathy Webb said the writ was issued Monday.
She said Election Day on Nov. 7 will now include a General Election and the Special Election for sheriff.
The Special Election became necessary when 20-year Sheriff Jim Davis retired on June 30. Major Mike Worrell was elevated to the post of sheriff for the remainder of 2017.
The winner of the sheriff’s race in November will serve the final two years of Davis’ last term, with another sheriff’s election being held in 2019.
Webb said Aug. 18 is the deadline to qualify and be listed on the ballot as a candidate for sheriff. Webb said candidates qualify if they are nominated by one of the two political parties in the county. She noted a candidate can also qualify as an independent candidate. An independent candidate must – by Aug. 18 – submit petitions with the signatures of at least 125 registered voters to qualify.
Webb said candidate information packets for those wishing to run for sheriff are available at her office at the Maple Shade Plaza at 87 Commerce Street. Webb said prospective candidates can call her office at 980-2111 to make an appointment and she will review the packets with them.
November’s General Election includes races for the three statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general), and House of Delegates races involving Pulaski County in the Seventh and 12th Districts.