Buried in last week’s testimony during the trial of a lawsuit seeking raises for Dickson County employees were two political pronouncements regarding the 2014 election. While testifying in her lawsuit, Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing said she would not be seeking re-election to a fifth term in office. Farthing has worked in the register’s office for more than 26 years and at the completion of her current term will have served as register for 16 years. Also on the witness stand Friday, Mayor Bob Rial testified he does plan on running for a second term in 2014. Rial topped a four-candidate race for his first four-year term in 2010, unseating incumbent Bob Stone. Also on the ballot in 2014 will be the offices of sheriff, road engineer, circuit court clerk, general sessions court clerk, county clerk and trustee. To date, Farthing is the only countywide office holder who has announced she will not be seeking re-election. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe, County Clerk Luanne Greer, Road Superintendent Jerry Burgess and Rial were all elected to their first terms in 2010, each defeating incumbents. Circuit Court Clerk Pam Myatt and Trustee Glynda Pendergrass have been in office since 2002 and are expected to seek fourth terms next year. General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann was elected to her first term in 2010, but has held the position by appointment since 1991. With the election less than 18 months away, the register of deeds is the only county office that at this time is known to likely be an open race when voters go to the polls Aug. 7, 2014.