The general election is nine months away, but Putnam County can already be sure there will be a full ticket for county offices on the Republican side.
Current Putnam County Council members Larry Parker and Phil Gick recently filed declarations of candidacy and will appear on the May 8 primary ballot. They join current County Commissioner Gene Beck in seeking the three at-large council Republican nominations.
Candidates still have a week to file declarations of candidacy with the Putnam County Clerk's Office. The deadline for the primary election is noon on Friday, Feb. 10.
Parker has served on the Putnam County Council since 1997 and is seeking his fifth term in office.
Gick's bid is not technically for re-election, as he was appointed to the seat in December 2010. He replaced Nancy Fogle after she was elected as a Putnam County Commissioner.
With three at-large spots open, all three men would appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot if no further candidates file.
The only contested primary race to this point is for County Commissioner District 1. David Berry of Roachdale and James Rodney Fenwick of Bainbridge are both looking to replace Beck as commissioner.
Other Republicans on the primary ballot include Don Walton for District 1 Commissioner, Lorie Hallett for auditor, Sharon Owens for treasurer and Dave Brown for coroner.
No Democrats have filed for the primary in any county offices. Parties have the option of appointing candidates following the primary if no one seeks the seat in the May election.