Eight candidates will be vying for the two Macon County Schools Board of Education member spots in the county's general election.

Only two of the five School Board positions are being filled during this election, the District 1 and 2 seat currently occupied by Jimmy Cook and the District 3 and 4 spot currently filled by Wayne Marsh.

Cook - a veteran on the school board - is not seeking reelection, but there are five others who turned in qualifying paperwork before the April 5 deadline. Those individuals are Jason Bohanan, Tony Brooks, William Dycus, William "Jed" Goad and Jeff Roark.

Marsh is seeking reelection, and he'll be joined on the ballot by Bret Gentry and Andy Shrum.

Those four districts are the most eastern in Macon County, with District 1 and 2 extending over to the Macon County/Clay County line.

Early voting will begin at the Macon County Election Commission on July 13 and extend through July 28, and early voting will last from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each weekday and then from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. There will be extended hours on July 26, with the Macon County Election Commission remaining open until 7 p.m. on that day.

• Additionally, incumbent Helen Hesson was the only individual to turn in qualifying paperwork to run for county commissioner in District 10, which left the door open for a write-in candidate or for there to possibly be an individual appointed as the second commissioner in that district.

However, Marcus Smith has now qualified as a write-in candidate in District 10.

There are 20 Macon County Commissioners, with two individuals representing each of the 10 districts.