Early voting begins across Tennessee Friday

Early voting begins across Tennessee Friday

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 7:01 pm

Obion Countians, it’s time to pull out your voter registration cards and head down to the election office to cast your ballots in the state primaries and county general election. Early voting begins Friday and will continue through Aug. 2 at the Obion County Election office, located at 308 Bill Burnett Circle behind the courthouse. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays during the early voting period from 9 a.m. until noon. On the ballot for this cycle are the Democratic and Republican primaries for the United States and state Senate seats and the property assessor, county school board seats, constable positions, judge retention questions and mayor and aldermen positions in Samburg for the general election. Most of the action seen locally has been for the 77th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, where Phillip Pinion, after serving 20 years, has decided to retire. Running on the Democratic ticket to replace him are Judy Barker, Larry Bennett, Rosaire “Ross” Dubrule and Jerry W. Grady. On the Republican side are Shelly Arnett and Bill Sanderson. Running on the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senate are Mark E. Clayton, Gary G. Davis, Kenneth Eaton, Leonard D. Ladner, William Mike Padgett and Robert D. Tuke. The winner hopes to be able to replace Lamar Alexander, who is running unopposed on the Republican ticket. John Tanner is running un-opposed for the U.S. House of Representatives 8th Congres-sional District seat, as is Roy B. Herron for the Tennessee Senate 24th Senatorial District seat. There are no Republicans on the ticket for those seats. Kathy P. Robertson is running unopposed for the property assessor’s seat after winning the Democratic primary in February. Among those running for seats on the Obion County School Board are District 1: Pam Dame, David W. Lamb and Paul Maxwell; District 3: Diane Sanderson; District 5: Greg Ferguson, Jerry Lamastus and Brian Rainey; and District 7: Susan Williams. Seeking positions on the Kenton Special School District are Charles Phillips as the Gibson County member, Mike Farrar as the City of Kenton member and Bill Sanderson as the Obion County member. Several constable positions are also up for grabs. Bobby Hall and John T. McMahan are seeking the District 1 position, while Gordon May and Aaron Tittle are vying for the District 6 position. Running unopposed on the ticket are Gerald Cox in District 2, Robert Faulkner in District 4, Jimmy Brown in District 5 and Eugene Fletcher in District 7. Voters in District 3 may select two constables. Running for those positions are John E. Davis, Bruce Davidson and Jimmy A. Stockdale. Larry Gene Davis is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat in Samburg. Three aldermen may be selected from Woody Cook, Gene Gast, Sandra Neely and John VanCleave. Retention questions on the ballot include Supreme Court judges William C. Koch Jr. and Gary R. Wade; Court of Appeals judges Andy D. Bennett, Richard H. Dinkins and Steve Stafford; and Criminal Appeals Court judges D. Kelly Thomas Jr. and Camille R. McMullen. Qualifing as a write-in-candidate for this election cycle was James W. Hack for the District 2 constable seat. No one else filed the appropriate paperwork to have their write-in votes counted. Obion County Election Commission members include chairman John Algee, secretary Ethelene B. White and Ray Douglas, Rob Joyner and Dave Frankum. Katie Guess is the administrator. Published in The Messenger 7.17.08

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