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Candidates qualify for public offices

Nov. 6 was the last day to qualify for public office in 2016 for both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Twelve candidates qualified to be included on the Republican Party primary ballot for the office of Chilton County Commission, according to Billy Singleton, Chair of the Chilton County Republican Executive Committee.

The candidates included Allen Caton, Jimmie Hardee, Joseph J. (Joe) Headley, Steve Langston, Matt Mims, Greg Moore, Shane D. Ogle, Joseph Parnell, Jason D. Pierce, Jeremy Michael Smith, Jay Smitherman and Shannon Welch.

Caton, Headley, Moore, Parnell and Welch are currently serving on the Chilton County Commission and are seeking re-election.

There were two candidates who qualified to be included on the Democratic Party primary ballot for the office of Chilton County Commission, according to Chilton County Democratic Party secretary Barbara Schultz.

The candidates were Bobby Agee and Robert Binion.

Agee is currently serving on the Chilton County Commission and seeking re-election.

Three candidates qualified for the office of Chilton County District Judge including Ali Upchurch Garrett, Angie Collins-Mayfield and Chris Speaks.

Current Chilton County District Judge Rhonda Hardesty previously announced her decision to retire at the end of her term.

For the office of 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney, Casey Biggs and Randall V. Houston qualified to be included on the Primary ballot.

Judge Ben Fuller and Judge Sibley Reynolds also qualified for Place 2 and Place 3 in the race for 19th Judicial Circuit Judge.

The Primary election will be held March 1, 2016.

The 2016 Alabama General Election will be held Nov. 8, 2016.