Boone dentist Jerry Butler has filed to run against incumbent Democratic state Senator Steve Goss. Nothing surprising there, since Butler announced back last November that he intended to run. What's surprising is the absence (so far) of perennial candidate David Blust, whom Goss beat in 2006.
Goss has been an incredible work-horse in the Senate, so even in this heavily Republican district, his defeat would be an uphill climb for even a well-known politician.
Democratic state Representative Cullie Tarleton was the first to file this morning. He, too, gets high marks for his legislative work ethic and for his responsiveness to district constituents. So far, no Republican has stepped forward to challenge him.
Incumbent Democratic county commissioners Winston Kinsey and Jim Deal both filed for reelection. No Republican challengers yet.