Although the next general election is a year away, the 2018 election season will soon be underway.

Nov. 8 is the first day prospective candidates can file to run in 2018. Paperwork to do so can be picked up at the McLean County Clerk's Office.

McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman, whose seat is up for election next year, said Tuesday that he will file paperwork to run for re-election. Originally elected in 2010, Thurman, 61, is a Democrat in his second term as the county's leader.

The decision to run again comes from the standpoint of "how well our county is operating at this point" and the unity between the county and city governments as well, he said.

It's "all been quite good and our county staff is amazingly supportive, working together to do the best job we possibly can with the limited dollars we have to use," making best use of taxpayers dollars and serving the community the best way they can.

Looking back over accomplishments in recent years, Thurman said continued endeavors to get the McLean County Regional Water Commission operating "has been a major thrust of what we've tried to do while I've been in office."

Looking forward, Thurman said he's "certainly interested in trying to move forward to provide updated or new facilities for fire stations in Livermore and Calhoun." Facilities in both communities are lacking, he said.

He'd also like to "see us strive for economic development in this county. That is a challenge given we are a community with

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a great deal of property located within the flood plain." That, however, "doesn't stop us from having the desire" to attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

Sheriff Ken Frizzell, a Republican elected to his first term in 2014, said he, too, will run for re-election.

"I've been honored and humbled to serve as McLean County sheriff, and want to continue my service to the public and continue to make strides to encourage a safer community," he said

Frizzell, 37, said his office will continue to fight crime in the county, such as drug issues, and will do so through enforcement and education. His office will continue to seek out grants and wants to continue to work with McLean County schools and the education system.

There are "things I still want to get done," he said. "I feel like we've made great leaps in the first three years here," but said there's still a ways to go. "As long as I'm sheriff, we're going to continue to strive to improve each and every (year)."

McLean County Clerk Stacy Patrick said she also plans to run for re-election in 2018. First elected in 2010, Patrick, 47, is a Democrat and said she plans to run again because "I just enjoy my job."

Circuit Court Clerk Stephanie King-Logsdon, 60, a Democrat who was first elected to a six-year term in 2000, said Tuesday that she will also seek re-election in 2018.

King-Logsdon said "a lot of changes have occurred in the circuit clerk's office since I have been clerk," but one of the biggest changes will be the implementation of the REAL ID Act. That means the "whole system of issuing drivers licenses as the public has known it is going to change," she said.

King-Logsdon said her goal as clerk has been to "work for the people of the county" and said she would like to stay involved in that role, to help residents through that process.

For her, the role of clerk is "all about getting the work done for the county." The clerk, by civil rule, must be available at all times, she said.

"It's about being accessible, being willing to go the extra mile and never ever say 'it's not my job,'" said King-Logsdon. It's "doing what it takes to get the job done because that benefits the residents of McLean County. That's how I've served over the past years and how I will continue to serve."

The 2018 ballot will include district judge; commonwealths attorney; circuit court clerk; all county offices, including judge-executive, magistrates, county clerk, sheriff, jailer, property valuation administrator, county attorney, coroner; the 8th District state senate seat currently held by Sen. Joe Bowen; 12th District House seat currently held by Rep. Jim Gooch; 1st District U.S. Representative seat, currently held by Rep. James Comer; and three school board seats, held by Chairman Bill Lovell, Kelly Baird and Stephen Riggs.

Mayoral and city council and city commission seats in all four McLean County cities are also up for election.

The deadline to file for partisan elections, like the county offices 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

Deadlines for nonpartisan races -- in McLean County, that's city council and commission members, mayoral seats and school board seats -- in the general election is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

The primary election will be held May 21, 2018, and the general election is Nov. 5, 2018.

Those with questions can call the Clerk's Office at 270-273-3082.

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