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    Clay County Sheriff’s candidates Anthony “Tony” Ellis, a Democrat, and Robert Tison, a Republican, chat while waiting to file for office at the Clay County Elections Board on Monday.

Filing off to slow start

 Filing for the county’s elected offices has been at a snail’s pace. Rebecca Hall, deputy director of the Clay County Elections Board said only six candidates had filed for office since opening day on Monday. 
As of Wednesday afternoon three people had filed for sheriff, one for commissioner, two for registrar and one for Clerk of Superior Court. 
There are nine elected positions up for grabs in Clay County: three seats open on the school board and three on the county commission. Other offices include sheriff, Register of Deeds and Clerk of Superior Court. 
The school board had been a nonpartisan race for many years, but in 2016 the legislature voted to make it partisan so candidates must run on a party ticket or petition to be an unafilliated candidate. 
So far no one has filed for a seat on the school board, but filing remains open until 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. 
Candidates may file at the Clay County Elections Board, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 
Filing fees: 
Commissioner: $104.52 
Register of Deeds: $464.96 
Sheriff: $512.62 
Clerk of Court: $892 
School board: flat fee of $5 
By Becky Long Publisher

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997