With the passage of the deadline for candidates to qualify last Thursday, the Aug. 6 ballot is set, at least for local candidates, according to the Lincoln County Election Commission.
Leading interest in the ballot locally will be Lincoln County’s assessor of property’s seat, currently held by Paul Braden, who will not be seeking re-election. Qualifying for the seat are Tammy Painter and Dale Pierce, both of whom currently work in the assessor’s office.
Darren Holland is sole candidate to qualify for the remainder of the term left on the District 8 Lincoln County Commission seat formerly held by Jon Jacks. Jacks resigned last May, and Holland was elected by the commission to fill the seat until the next general election.
Four seats on the Lincoln County School Board, those representing districts 2, 4, 6, and 8, will also be on the ballot – those seats are currently held by Kevin Posey, Johnny Collins, Jennifer Haynes, and Thomas (Tommy) Stevenson, respectively. Each of those incumbents qualified to seek re-election, as well as Jimmy Daniel in the District 4 race. On the ballot, too, will be the remainder of the terms left on seats representing districts 3 and 5, formerly held by Susan Cowley and Carla Buchanan, both of whom resigned in recent months. Rex Dunn qualified for the Cowley’s District 3 seat, and Veronica King, who was recently elected to fill Buchanan’s District 5 seat until the next general election, qualified as well.
Two candidates qualified for Petersburg town council elections – they are Jacob Bradford and Rita Jane Cowan.
In the Republican primary for the 14th State Senate District, incumbent Shane Reeves of Murfreesboro qualified, and in the Democratic primary, Chase Clemons of Fayetteville qualified.
For the 92nd State House District, incumbent Rick Tillis of Lewisburg qualified in the Republican primary. He faces two challengers, Vincent Cuevas and Todd Warner, both of Lewisburg.
And in the 62nd State House District, incumbent Pat Marsh of Shelbyville is unchallenged in the Republican primary. No candidates qualified in the Democratic primary.
The Aug. 6 ballot will include primaries for both U.S. senator and representative, seats currently held by Lamar Alexander and Scott DesJarlais. As of Monday, the state election commission was still confirming signatures on the qualifying petitions of candidates in those primaries.
The deadline to register to vote in the August elections is July 7 – you can visit govotetn.com to register. Early voting is set for July 17 through Aug. 1.
The Lincoln County Election Commission remains under limited access, but you can call the office at 931-433-6220 for information.