One of the newest election filings sets up the first race outside the city of Seymour.
Republican Matt Smith of Brownstown is challenging incumbent Ward 3 Councilman C.J. Foster, who is completing his first term on the Brownstown Town Council.
The race between Smith and Foster will not appear on the May 4 primary ballot though because Brownstown does not conduct a primary election.
“The Republican Party will have to hold a convention this summer to pick a candidate,” county Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Lowery said Friday.
The Democrats had a convention four years ago to decide a race that put longtime Councilman Bill Sweeney back on the ballot for the general election in November of that year.
Smith, a political newcomer, said his decision to run stems from his desire to become more involved in the community where he was born and raised. He said he lived in Terre Haute and Colorado before moving back to Brownstown four years ago.
“I plan on living here the rest of my life,” said Smith, who works for a business owned by his family.
A fifth candidate has added his name to the list of people pursuing two at-large Seymour City Council seats.
The first four are political newcomers, but the same can’t be said for the newest candidate to toss his hat into the ring.
Democrat Lloyd Hudson is wrapping up his fourth term as an at-large member of the council.
The list of new filings also includes two more candidates for Crothersville Town Council — Democrats Nancy Hopper and Geoffrey Walker. They join Democrat Brenda Holzworth, who filed earlier in the week.
The filing period for the May 5 municipal primary began Wednesday and ends at noon Feb. 6. To file a declaration of candidacy, visit the Jackson County Clerk’s Office at the courthouse in Brownstown. For information, call 812-358-6120.