One of the most lasting memories I have of my first stint at the Lamar Democrat was the election of November 1978 when incumbent County Clerk Cheryl Fanning narrowly won re-election, by about 50 votes if memory serves me correctly, over Democratic challenger Bonda Rawlings. The atmosphere at the courthouse was electric that evening and I enjoyed watching as county officials wrote the latest results on the long chalkboard that lined the main hallway.
Four years later, Mrs. Rawlings was elected county clerk and she has served in that position since January 1983. She has indicated she will not seek a seventh four-year term.
It appears that Presiding Commission Gerry Miller will also not run for another term, so the political season promises to be an interesting one in Barton County.