The former chairman of the Jefferson County Election Commission, Trey Ashcraft, will face incumbent Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson in the May 20 Democratic Party primary.

The former chairman of the Jefferson County Election Commission, Trey Ashcraft, will face incumbent Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson in the May 20 Democratic Party primary.


Ashcraft also served as county clerk after he was appointed to replace the late Helen Bradley in 2007 and served until Jan. 1, 2009 when Johnson took over.


"My 12 years as chairman of the Jefferson County Election Commission and my time as county clerk has prepared me to again lead this critical part of county government," Ashcraft said in a press release when he filed for office.


In the press release, Ashcraft said while serving as the county clerk," I took the office out into our communities with my county clerk for a Day program where we set up mobile offices in Altheimer, Redfield and White Hall.


"Under my leadership, our office was proactive with voter registration as we sought out opportunities to help our citizenry by making the services of our office more accessible," Ashcraft said in the release.


Johnson, who is in her third term, said in her candidate information sheet that she was seeking re-election "to continue to provide quality and expedient service to the resident of Jefferson County.


"Formal employee training, direct deposit for Jefferson County employees and operating procedures updates were implemented," she said. "Technological advances are continuous. If re-elected, I will continue to add enhancements to the daily operation of the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office."


Before being elected County Clerk, Johnson worked in the office as Deputy Clerk and Chief Deputy Clerk.


She is the vice-chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Central Committee and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Red Coats.


No Republican has filed for the position.