Jackson County will have a new circuit judge following the 2020 election. After four six-year terms, presiding Circuit Judge Jenifer Holt will not seek a fifth term.

Three candidates qualified in the Republican Primary to replace Holt. Local attorneys Daryl Eustace and Patricia Cobb Stewart, along with Brent Benson, an assistant district attorney, have qualified.

Qualifying ended last Friday as four candidates joined.

Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes will seek a second term and go unopposed in the Republican Primary. He will face Democrat Kimberly Paris Coates, a teacher who lives in Bridgeport.

Coates is the only local Democrat to qualify.

There will be two seats on the Jackson County Commission up for grabs. Incumbent Melinda Gilbert will look for reelection in District 3 as she faces Mark Guffey and Anthony Buckner.

In District 4, incumbent Mike Sisk will face Kevin McBride.

On the county school board, Chad Gorham will seek reelection and be unopposed in District 3, while in District 4, incumbent Charles West will face Robert King Jr.

District Judge Don Word is unopposed as is Revenue Commissioner Jeff Arnold.

Both Arnold and Gorham switched parties and are running for the first time as Republicans.

The primary election is set for March 3, 2020.

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