Candidates picking up petitions for 2018 election

By | December 14, 2017 7:13 am

Last Updated: December 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

UPDATED on 12/15/2017

As of Dec. 11, just three nominating petitions have been picked up for the May primary election, and only one has been returned so far.

Clay Parker, White County highway superintendent, was the first candidate to submit his petition to be placed on the ballot for re-election as the county highway superintendent. Additionally, Connie Jolley, White County clerk, and Martha Bumbalough, White County register of deeds, have picked up their nominating petitions but had not returned them as of press time.

Officially, on Nov. 16, candidates for county-based offices across Tennessee were able to pick up their petitions to be placed on the May 1, 2018, primary elections. In White County, the Democratic Party and Independent candidates will be participating in the May 1, 2018 primary elections, while the Republican Party will be having a caucus, instead of utilizing the primary election.

County seats that will be on the primary election ballots will include the county executive, circuit court clerk, county trustee, register of deeds, highway superintendent, county clerk, and sheriff. The deadline to have nominating petitions filed for the county primary election is noon, on Feb. 15, 2018.

Following the May 1, 2018 county primary election, the next election will be Aug. 2, 2018 for the state and federal primaries and the local general election. Nomination petitions for the local elected positions can be picked up starting Jan. 5, 2018 and must be filed by noon, on April 5, 2018.

The local elected positions that will be on the Aug. 2, 2018 ballot will include Sparta mayor, three Sparta aldermen seats, county commissioners, and the school board seats for the 5th, 6th, and 7th districts. The state and federal levels will include the governor primaries, U.S. Senate primaries, U.S House primaries, State Senate primaries, and State House primaries.

Lastly, the federal and state general election will take place Nov. 6, 2018. This ballot will include the governor, U.S. House, U.S Senate, State Senate, and State House races.

The last days for those who are not already registered to vote in the 2018 election dates are April 2, 2018, for the May county primary; July 3, 2018, for the August state primary; and Oct. 9, 2018, for the November general election. Those who are already registered to vote in White County do not have to re-register.

In the event that a registered voter has moved or has had a name change, visit the White County Election Commission Office at the White County Courthouse to update voter registration information.

For more information about the 2018 county and state primaries and the 2018 general election or how to register to vote, visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website at sos.tn.gov or contact the White County Election Commission Office at (931) 836-3671.

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