Candidate qualifying period for the 2018 fall general election ballot will end noon Friday, with few changes likely in the last two days.

And county offices are slowly beginning to fill.

County Judge Tim McFarland was re-elected early last month when the qualifying period for judicial candidates ended and McFarland drew no opposition.

Current chair of the Gulf County School Board, Brooke Wooten, also figures to be automatically re-elected come the close of all candidate qualifying Friday.

As of press time for this edition, Wooten was facing no opposition for his District 2 seat.

The other county races are shaping up, with just one to be determined during the Aug. 28 primary election.

Incumbent County Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr. will face off against Tan Smiley, both Democrats, in a rematch of the 2014 election for the District 4 seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

Ronald Pickett has filed his initial paperwork to challenge for the District 4, also as a Democrat, but as of press time had not completed all his paperwork.

The other BOCC races will be determined in November.

Incumbent Commissioner David Rich, a Republican, has drawn two challengers for the BOCC District 1 seat.

William Lawson is running without party affiliation and John Nagy is a Democrat.

There will be no primary in the race.

There will also be no primary for the BOCC District 2 seat.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel, the Democrat incumbent, is facing Republican Tom Semmes.

Josh Taunton had filed initial, but not all, paperwork this week to run for the District 2 seat. He would run with no party affiliation meaning the November ballot would decide the race.

School Board races are non-partisan.

The District 1 seat, being vacated by Danny Little, has three candidates vying, Brian Cox, Bernadette Hackett and Dennis McGlon.

If none of the three earns 50 percent-plus one of the vote in the August primary, the top two vote-getters will advance to November.

Ruby Knox and Barbara Radcliff have filed for the School Board District 5 seat being vacated by John Wright.

That race will be decided on the August primary ballot.

From the beginning of the qualifying period Monday, it was likely there would be few actual changes since the deadline for candidate qualifying via the petition method expired last month.

To qualify all candidates had to secure was signatures from just 10 percent of eligible voters in their race.

This week, to enter any race candidates had to pay the qualifying fee; $1,732-$1,155 for county commission depending on whether or not there is a party affiliation, $1,061 for school board.