Yesterday began the countdown to the February 9 filing deadline for local candidates and … oh, it seems so far away … the May 7 primary. Hamilton County Clerk Kathy Richards started her second week in the familiar territory of her old office herding area politicos. Richards reports 33 candidates filed on the first day. All eight of Hamilton County’s municipalities will elect officials this year including mayors, city clerks, city judges and city council members in both Fishers and Carmel. Stay tuned as we follow the candidates and the issues ahead.