"It's important to be punctual," he added. "But I like to think Effingham County residents will research the candidates and vote accordingly, not depending on where they are at on the ballot."
The other countywide offices up for election next year are county clerk, treasurer and supervisor of assessments. County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel indicated that he would file for a fourth term, while Treasurer Steve Dasenbrock filed for a fifth and, he said, final term.
Dasenbrock, who was first elected in 1998, said by 2018, he will have been in office long enough.
"Twenty years is long enough to be an elected county official," he said.
Several Effingham County Board seats are up for election next year, including Districts B, C, D and G. Districts B, C, and D are all primarily in the city of Effingham, while District G covers a far-flung area in southwest Effingham County, including the communities of Mason and Edgewood.
Jackson Township resident Ed Hoopingarner was the only board candidate on hand at 8 a.m. Hoopingarner is seeking to unseat incumbent Doug McCain, who defeated him in last year's general election. A McCain defeat would leave District C board member Karen Luchtefeld as the only Democrat on the board, provided that Luchtefeld seeks another term.
See Tuesday's print edition, to see who else filed Monday.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at firstname.lastname@example.org