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County Dems searching for permanent space

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

On Election Day Tuesday, the Shelby County Democrat Party will be operating out of the Brinson Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 500 Frank St., for the short term.

For the long term, the party’s looking for a new place to call home.

Earlier this year, the party lost its lease at its former headquarters location, the house at 125 W. Washington St., next to the West Washington Street Plaza.

The building is owned by the Glass Molders Pottery Plastics Local 32 labor union.

“We were there for several years,” said Bob Williams, chairman of the county Democrat Party, but the union got a new president and the Democrats’ lease wasn’t renewed.

After that, the party got a lease for office space at the old Town Hall, 54 W. Broadway St. until the end of the year, but was unable to use that location for Election Day activities, Williams said.

Using the Brinson Building will get them through Election Day, Williams said, but the search continues for a long-term, affordable location for the Democrats.

“We’re in a unique situation; we can’t afford a very high rent,” he said.

Local races

As Election Day approaches, six local contests highlight the ballot as voters go to the polls Tuesday, and three are for open seats.

For the 2nd District seat on the Shelby County Council, the county’s fiscal body, Democrat David Hudson is going up against Republican Ben Compton.  

Democrat Sherry Mohr is running against Republican Jill R. Taylor for the office of Shelby County Clerk. 

The clerk’s office maintains court records, processes child support payments and oversees all county elections, among other duties.

In the race for the coroner’s office, which oversees death investigations, Democrat Donna Sipes is in the race against Republican Bradley Michael Rund.

All three are open seats.

Incumbents face challengers in two county government election contests.

For the office of Shelby County Recorder, which keeps records of property transfers, Democrat Shellie Ellison is in the race against incumbent Republican Tawnya Williams.

In the race for Shelby County Surveyor, Democrat Troy B. Gilles is going up against incumbent Republican Taylor Sumerford.

Township trustees oversee poor relief and maintain public cemeteries in their jurisdictions among other duties. All 14 trustees in Shelby County are up for election, but there is just one race.

Democrat Rebecca McComas is running against incumbent Republican James Montgomery for the trustee’s office in Shelby Township.

Election 2018 Voting Hours

Early voting in person is available in the old Shelby County Court House, 407 S. Harrison St.

Voters should use the rear entrance. A photo ID is required.

Hours for early voting are:

n 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

n 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

n 8 a.m. to noon Monday

Polls at the county’s 18 polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday’s Election Day.

The poll locations are the same as the last election.