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CHARLESTON -- Two Coles County Board members will face primary election opponents and at least two races will include members of a group opposed to a county property reassessment project.

One leader of the Concerned Taxpayers of Coles County will face a current board member and the other will face another newcomer.

The Concerned Taxpayers' opposition to the county's reassessment of commercial and industrial property has included the filing a lawsuit against the county.

The filing period for candidates to have their names on the March 20 primary ballot ended Monday, and candidates who advance will then be up for election on Nov. 6, 2018.

The contested county board primaries will include the one for board District 6 of rural Mattoon. Both Concerned Taxpayers group member Robb Perry and incumbent Paul Daily filed for the Republican nomination.

Also, Rex Dukeman of the Concerned Taxpayers group and Jeremy Doughty filed as Republicans in District 4, Mattoon, where incumbent Republican Cory Sanders won't seek re-election.

Board Chairman Stan Metzger will face a challenge from Larry "Rex" Beasley for the Republican nomination in District 10, rural Charleston. That was also one of four districts in which a Democratic candidate filed, and the Republican winner will face Democrat Christine McCormick in the general election.

The filings also meant that Republican Jan Eads, the board's longest-serving member, isn't running for re-election in District 9, Charleston. In that district, Denise Corray filed for the Republican nomination and Jonathan Blitz filed as a Democrat.

In addition, incumbent Republican Marc Weber didn't file for another term in District 3, Charleston. The filing candidates in that district were Republican Paul Stranz and Democrat Juan Nevarez-Barron.

District 7, Mattoon, also drew candidates from both parties: incumbent Republican Nancy Purdy and Democrat Robert Wells.

The candidates seeking the Republican Party nomination for both county clerk and sheriff went unchanged since the first day of the filing period a week ago.

The Republican race for clerk will feature Julie Coe, currently a deputy clerk in the office, and Jackie Freezeland, who's now the village clerk in Ashmore. Incumbent Republican Sue Rennels isn't seeking re-election.

For sheriff, incumbent Jimmy Rankin will be challenged by fellow Republican Steve Spear, currently a sergeant in the sheriff's office.

The countywide offices to be elected next year also include treasurer, and incumbent Republican George Edwards was the only candidate to file for the office.

Also, Republican Mark Bovard was the only candidate to file for a circuit judge's position up for election in 2018. Bovard is currently a county associate judge and will run to replace former Circuit Judge Teresa Righter, who retired in October.

In all the races except for the judge's position, the county political parties will have a chance after the primary to fill ballot vacancies and name candidates for the offices for which no one ran in the primary.

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