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Candidates for sheriff, revenue commissioner, superintendent announce intentions to run

Several candidates for public office announced their intentions for next year’s election at Monday’s meeting of the Chilton County Republican Party.

John Shearon declared he would again seek the office of Chilton County Sheriff.

Shearon, who is a Calera Police Department employee, was defeated by current Sheriff Kevin Davis in the 2010 Republican primary run-off by 268 votes.

“I appreciate all the help I had last time, and I just ask for people’s help again,” Shearon said. “We’re going to give it another shot, and hopefully we’ll come out on top this time.”

Shearon became a sheriff’s department reserve in 1996 and came on full-time with the department in 1999. He left in May 2008.

Chilton County Commissioner Joe Headley said at the Republican meeting that he intends to pursue the new position of Revenue Commissioner.

Chilton County voters decided in 2010 that the offices of Tax Assessor (currently filled by Rex Cleckler) and Tax Collector (Tim Little) should be combined into the Revenue Commissioner office.

Headley, who first joined the commission in 2004, said he wanted to wait until he has officially qualified for the position to talk about his decision.

The first day candidates can complete the qualification process is Feb. 4, 2014, and the deadline is April 4, 2014.

Primary elections will be held June 3, 2014, and primary runoffs would be held July 15, 2014, if necessary.

The General Election will be Nov. 4, 2014.

Also at Monday’s Republican meeting, Chilton County Board of Education member Jim Shannon announced he would seek the office of superintendent, while current Superintendent Dave Hayden said he would not seek re-election.

“I’ve been involved in education in Chilton County for 27 years,” Jim Shannon said. “I’m so excited about some of the things we have done in the past few years, and I look forward to continuing those things. I also have some fresh ideas.”

Along with his current term on the Chilton County Board of Education, Shannon said he has been a substitute teacher, teacher aide, special education teacher, elementary teacher, coach and administrator at the elementary and high school levels.

“I feel like I bring a lot to the table,” Shannon said. “I’m looking forward to having collaborative relationships with all vested partners. I appreciate anybody’s support and prayers.”

Chilton County Republican Party Chairwoman Carol Harrison said she was glad to see some candidates already announcing their intentions.

“I feel like we have a lot of qualified candidates,” Harrison said.

Staff Writer Emily Beckett contributed to this report.