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Early voting period begins Wednesday

Early voting period begins Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:25 pm

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor Obion County residents who have already made up their minds about whom to vote for in the Nov. 4 general election may wish to vote early and avoid long lines at the poll. Early voting across the state of Tennessee begins on Wednesday. Locally, residents may cast their ballots at the Obion County Election Office, located at 308 Bill Burnett Circle behind the courthouse in Union City. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the Saturdays of Oct. 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. until noon. Early voting will end on Oct. 30. National races on the ballot include those for president of the United States, the U.S. Senate and the 8th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Presidential and vice presidential candidates are Barack Obama with Joe Biden, John McCain with Sarah Palin, Chuck Baldwin with Darrell Castle, Bobb Barr with Wayne Root, Charles Jay with Thomas L. Knapp, Cynthia McKinney with Rosa Clemente, Brian Moore with Stewart Alexander and Ralph Nader with Matt Gonzalez. Running for the U.S. Senate are Robert D. Tuke, Lamar Alexander, Edward L. Buck, Christopher G. Fenner, David Gatchell, Ed Lawhorn, Daniel Towers Lewis and Chris Lugo. John Tanner is running unopposed for his House seat. State races on the ballot include those for the 24th Senatorial District, with Roy B. Herron running unopposed, and Judy Barker and Bill Sanderson vying for the open 77th Representative District House seat left vacant by the retirement of Phillip Pinion. Several municipal races are also included on the November ballot. In Hornbeak, George “Pete” Burpo and Samuel L. Huey are running for the mayor’s seat. Running to fill the seven alderman seats are Lynn Finch, Christina Gray, Debi Jerden, Grant McGuire, John R. Orr, Paula Seals Parker and Leon G. Walden. In Obion, Wes Miller and Glen Parnell are running for the mayor’s seat. Running to fill the six alderman seats are Patsy Barker, Donald Bloxom, Jerry Carver, Maye Charlton, Tammy Foggie, John Gardner, W. Polk Glover, Michael Miller, Franklin Parnell, Harold E. Pollock and Russell D. Webber II. In Troy, Jimmie Hart and Gaylon R. Long are running for the mayor’s seat. Running to fill the five alderman seats are Deanna Chappell, Billy G. Gurien, Hoyt Sampson, Edward Watson and Jesse K. Whitesides. In Woodland Mills, Wade Carrington is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat. Waymon Reagan and Kirk Snead are running unopposed for the two alderman seats. In South Fulton, David Crocker is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat. Running for commission seats are Charles Moody and Derrick Wells in Ward 1 and Bobby K. Curlin in Ward 4. Union City residents elect a councilman from each ward and two at-large members. Those residents who are elected then select the city’s mayor. Running city-wide on the November ballot are Bill “Rat” Harrison and Paul Gwaltney for the one open at-large seat. Other councilman seats open for election are in Wards 2, 3 and 5, where current members Billy J. Cranford, Dianne Eskew and John S. Bacon Jr., respectively, are running unopposed. Union City residents will also be able to vote city-wide for a judge. Allen Nohsey is running unopposed for that position. For Union City’s school board, residents running unopposed include Wright Jernigan at-large, Karl A. Ullrich in Ward 2 and Cathy E. Waggoner in Ward 4. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.14.08

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