On Saturday, Nov. 9, during a pleasant fall morning at the courthouse gazebo in Graham, several GOP candidates gathered to receive their applications for the Republican nomination for county offices. These applications go toward putting one's self on the ballot for the 2014, March primary elections.

Among the several candidates there to get their applications for the March ballot were County Judge John Bullock, County Clerk Debra Wilson, County Treasurer Ann Daily, and County Commissioners Matt Pruitt and Jimmy Wiley.

So far, there are no Democratic candidates running for any position in Young County, and the deadline for any Democrat to get their names on the ballot is Dec. 9. On Monday morning, Nov. 18, the newly named Young County Democrats held a meeting in the American Legion building with a couple of guest speakers, including former Graham resident Betty Richie.

Some of the subject matter included fair voting rights and women's health care. Also in attendance Monday morning was Fran Edens, Young County's Democratic Chair for the past eight years. Edens said that one reason a trend is emerging in Young County in which Republicans are largely running unopposed involves simple statistics.

“When we had Democrats on the ballot in 2010, they lost,” Edens said. “So a lot of them switched to the Republican party because so many people in Young County vote a straight Republican ticket.”

When it comes to Young County Democrats, Edens said that the group here is probably more conservative than a Democrat group in Dallas, L.A. or New York.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's edition of the Graham Leader.