Monday afternoon saw several more candidates file their paperwork to take part in the upcoming May 22 primary for Polk County Commission and Board of Education seats.
Adding their names to the ballots for the spring campaign are District 2 commissioner and board chair Jennifer Hulsey, who thus far is running unopposed as of this morning. That brings the total so far running for the county commission to three, which includes District 1 candidates Jose Iglesias and Gary Martin.
Iglesias said he is running again to ensure the work he's begun to help solve problems in county government is completed, and hopes voters will give him a chance to finish what he started.
"Our county has many needs, but it urgently needs leaders," he said. "I believe this is the right time because I’ve learned and worked on issues that are important to our people for the past five months, and I intend to continue that work."
All three of the candidates for the Board of Commissioners are thus far running on the Republican ticket.
The school board saw additional candidates submit their names for the 2018 primary ballots as well.
Board chair and District 7 member Tommy Sanders will run to retain his seat for the coming year, along with District 2 member and vice chair Bernard Morgan. They join Distict 1 candidate Robert Furr in the race.
Sanders and Furr are both running as Republicans. Morgan is running as a democrat.
As of Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., no one had yet qualified for office this morning. Check back later today for an update on qualifying for local offices.