Kelley Kopp Hopwood has joined the list of county elected officials looking to switch offices.

Hopwood, who for the last three years has served as the county assessor, on Thursday declared her intent to seek the GOP nomination for recorder, a post currently held by fellow Republican Lisa Clark-Benock.

Benock, in a similar move, last week filed to seek the GOP nomination for auditor as current auditor Mike Morris on Wednesday declared his intent to run for the District 2 seat on the county council, also as a Republican.

In May of 2018, Kopp Hopwood unseated incumbent assessor Cathy Lane in a close Primary Election race then ran unopposed in the fall of that same year.

But, overall, it’s been a rather slow start to the Primary Election season as just about 30 people have filed to place their names on the May ballots.

And so far, only one party contested race has emerged, that of sheriff.

Two Republican candidates will vie for the GOP slot on the ballot come November. Sheriff Doug Vantlin, who filed to seek a second term, will face a primary challenge from Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Short.

Several other incumbents have also filed to seek re-election; among them are David Shelton, seeking a second term as county clerk; Kellie Streeter, who will run for a second full term as the District 3 county commissioner; Dirk Carnahan, who will look to keep his job as county prosecutor; and Dick Vermillion, county surveyor, too, announced his plan to seek reelection to his post.

All filed as Republicans save Vermillion, who is a Democrat.

In terms of county council races, a handful of incumbents have filed to seek re-election to their seats, all as Republicans.

Jay Yochum will look for a second term to the District 3 seat, while Mary Crismore officially wants her own full term to the District 1 position, one previously held by her late husband, Randy Crismore.

Mary Crismore was appointed by local Republican Party leaders this spring following Randy Crismore’s sudden death in May.

Rich Chattin, too, will look for another term to his District 4 seat.

Only Bob Lecher, also a Republican, has not yet filed to seek reelection to his District 2 seat.

In the race for Circuit Court Judge, incumbent Sherry Gregg-Gilmore filed as a Democrat early on to seek a fifth term, but she looks to be challenged this fall by Monica Gilmore, a local attorney, who threw her hat into the ring as a Republican.

No one yet has filed to run against either one of them as part of a primary race.

Several others, too, have filed to seek seats as township trustees or on township advisory boards; none of them are so far contested as part of a party race.

The deadline to file to seek a county office ahead of the May 3 primary is noon on Feb. 4.

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