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Potential Randolph County Commission candidate Jeff Fetner will not be on the ballot after a mistake in the qualifying process left him ineligible.
Fetner submitted his qualification information for commission District 3, but he no longer lives in that district after the lines were redrawn following the 2020 election. Fetner now resides in District 4, and said he was unaware of the change.
“I qualified in my old District 3, not knowing they had moved me into District 4,” Fetner said in a note to the Leader. “I apologize for the mistake.”
Fetner was attempting to challenge incumbent Pam Johnson, who defeated Fetner in a close race in the 2020 election for the Distrct 3 seat. But because he now lives in District 4 he would have had to qualify to challenge for Derek Farr’s seat. Farr will instead be challenged by Barry Johnson in the March 5 Republican primary.
Fetner (or any other candidate) could still theoretically get on the ballot as an independent for the general election in November, but he has not made any indication that he plans to pursue that avenue.