UPDATE: Unusual election situation in Calhoun County poses unusual resolution

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

PITTSBORO – State election officials may have come up with an answer on how to elect a new Calhoun County chancery clerk.

Last Thursday, current clerk Jerry S. “Jess” Moore abruptly resigned as state auditors checked the books in his office.

Tuesday, Moore was the only candidate to qualify for that office in this year’s statewide elections.

Election officials agree that the deadline cannot be re-set there for this year’s party primaries, which are Aug. 2, and a write-in candidacy isn’t appropriate because the statute does not pertain to primaries.

So, they say, it’s likely that the Calhoun County Board of Supervisors will choose an interim clerk, then when new supervisors take office in January, another interim officeholder will be chosen and a special election set.

The winner of the non-party special election will serve out the rest of the clerk’s term, through 2015.

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