Four Republicans and one Democrat have filed petitions to replace Jeremy Shaffer as Highland County commissioner, as of the 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline to file as a partisan candidate.
Pete Pence of Hillsboro, Jeff Duncan of Leesburg, Fred Kay of U.S. 62 in southern Highland County, and Dave Gingerich of the Lynchburg area are facing off in the Republican primary in May.
Pence, who served on Hillsboro City Council as a Democrat until his term expired in December, filed his petitions just before the 4 p.m. deadline.
Randy Mustard of Brier Hill Road in the eastern part of the county is the lone Democrat to file for commissioner. Mustard ran against Republican Tom Horst in the 2012 election.
Shaffer, the incumbent Republican who was elected in 2010, announced earlier that he would not seek reelection.
In the contest for Highland County sheriff, Richard Warner, who was appointed sheriff by the county GOP central committee when Ron Ward resigned last year, will square off in the Republican primary against Donnie Barrera, a former sheriff’s deputy who resigned to seek the position.
Incumbent State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) is being opposed in the GOP primary by Hillsboro resident Barb Cole. Democrat Christopher Thobaben of Wilmington has also filed for that office.
Running unopposed are incumbent Republicans Bill Fawley for county auditor and Kevin Greer for Highland County probate and juvenile judge. Democrat Rocky Coss is seeking reelection as Highland County common pleas judge, with no opposition as the filing deadline came and went Wednesday.
Several Republicans and Democrats filed for party central committee spots.
Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. on May 5 to file for office.