Thursday qualifying deadline for August

With candidates still having until noon Thursday, April 2, to qualify, several have already submitted their paperwork to the Lincoln County Election Commission for elections set on the Aug. 6 ballot.

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 as of the end of the day Friday are Tammy Painter and Dale Pierce, both of whom currently work in the assessor’s office.

Darren Holland is sole candidate qualifying as of Friday 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 have qualified to seek re-election. 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 has 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, has qualified as well.

While three potential candidates had picked up papers for Petersburg town council elections, none had qualified as of Friday.

In the Republican primary for the 14th State Senate District, incumbent Shane Reeves of Murfreesboro has qualified, and in the Democratic primary, Chase Clemons of Fayetteville has qualified.

For the 92nd State House District, incumbent Rick Tillis of Lewisburg has qualified in the Republican primary. He will face Vincent Cuevas, also of Lewisburg.

And in the 62nd State House District, incumbent Pat Marsh of Shelbyville remains unchallenged in the Republican primary, and no candidates had qualified as of Friday 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.

Qualifying for U.S. senator in the Republican primary as of Friday are Clifford Adkins of Portland, Natisha Brooks of Nashville, Byron Bush of Brentwood, Roy Dale Cope of Chattanooga, Terry Dicus of Savannah, George S. Flynn, Jr., of Memphis, Bill Hagarty of Nashville, Jon Henry of Riddleton, Kent Morrell of Knoxville, David Schuster of Maryville, and Manny Sethi of Nashville.

In the Democratic primary, qualifiers are Marquita Bradshaw of Memphis, Tharon Chandler of Ethridge, Robin Kimbrough of Hendersonville, and James Mackler of Nashville.

Independents who had qualified are Yomi ‘Fapas’ Faparusi, Sr., of Brentwood, Ronnie Henley of Newbern, Dean Hill of Franklin, Aaron James of Memphis, Kacey Morgan of Gallatin, and Eric William Stansberry of Kenton.

For the District 4 seat in the U.S. House, DesJarlais has qualified, as well as Doug Meyer, in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, Noelle Bevins has qualified.

The deadline to register to vote in the August elections is July 7 – you can visit 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 to arrange a meeting or for additional information.