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DeSoto County Deputy Circuit Clerk Marla Treadway Tuesday assisted Olive Branch attorney Hugh H. Armistead in completing the paperwork for qualifying to be on the ballot for Chancery Clerk. Armistead is to challenge incumbent Misty Heffner for the county government position.  

A few additional names have popped up on the list of candidates for DeSoto County offices as the qualifying period continues through its March 1 deadline.

Current Chancery Clerk Misty Heffner quickly filed and qualified to be placed on the ballot for re-election shortly after the qualifying period started on Jan. 2.

This week, Heffner attracted opposition as longtime Olive Branch attorney Hugh H. Armistead announced and qualified for the position.

In making the announcement, Armistead said in a statement, “I look forward to hearing from the voters and better understanding their thoughts, ideas and concerns. I believe we need a solutions first attitude and will implement this philosophy beginning my first day in office.”

County coroner Josh Pounders has qualified for election to his current post. He was named the interim coroner when his father and former coroner Jeff Pounders passed away.

Horn Lake attorney Jim Holland has qualified to run for county attorney and is, as of Wednesday, the only candidate for that position.

A race has also developed between Jeff Fitch and Roger Palmer for Tax Assessor, and Timothy Curtis is opposing incumbent Lee Hodge for District 5 Constable.

Qualifying candidates must present to the Circuit Clerk’s office in the County Courthouse the required paperwork, including a signed form from the State Ethics Commission and a $100 qualifying fee.

Candidates not assigning themselves with a political party must also have a petition with at least 50 signatures of county residents on it.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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