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Epic numbers hit polls to vote early

Epic numbers hit polls to vote early
Weakley Countians have been coming out in record numbers to early vote in the upcoming General Election. According to statistics provided by the Weakley County Election Commissioner Diane Cashion, as of Wednesday morning, 5,503 voters have early or absentee voted in a race that will decide the next president of the United States. “Voting has been brisk,” Cashion said. She also reported this has been the largest early voting numbers in Weakley County and the Election Commission at the headquarters of Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council on Wilson Street in Dresden has been extremely busy. In February during Super Tuesday, only 5,839 voters cast a ballot. This election, more than a quarter of 19,746 registered voters have hit the polls early. To put the epic scale of Weakley Countians bringing out the vote this year, during the last presidential election, the grand total of votes including early voting was 5,294. Cashion said this has been an historic election with the early voting for Weakley County. Early voting will continue until 6 p.m. today. The presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama is foremost on the ballot combined with the Senate race between incumbent Lamar Alexander and challenger Bob Tuke also in the spotlight. Tuke is a former Marine and served as Director of the Tennessee Democratic Party. He is former Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, having served from July 1, 2005 through Jan. 13, 2007. In addition, he served as Treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party January through June of 2005, and Co-Chair of the Kerry/Edwards Campaign in Tennessee in 2004. He also headed Veterans for Kerry in the State in 2003 – 2004. He was a Trustee of the national Kerry/Edwards campaign as well. He was the Delegation Whip of the Tennessee Delegation at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Most recently, Tuke was the Tennessee Political Director for Obama for America. He is a partner in the law firm of Trauger & Tuke in Nashville. He represents Meharry Medical College, among other clients, and is an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he teaches Professional and Ethical Considerations in Corporate Practice. Alexander has a vast history in Tennessee politics. He chairs the Senate Republican Conference and serves on committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science, appropriations and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is the only Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and U.S. Senator. Alexander has been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee president, and professor at Harvard’s School of Government. He chaired the National Governors’ Association and President Reagan’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. There are also other races around the county, which could show a shift in local government in certain communities. Sharon’s Floyd Edwards is running against Bob Gardner for mayor and Gerald G. Freeman, Tommy Jones and Steven Scott Vaughan are seeking two alderman slots. Martin has two contenders, Marvin Flatt and Ray Stevenson, looking to upset incumbent Johnny Tuck in Ward 2 while other races stand unopposed. The mayor and four alderman seats are on the ballot in Gleason. Lebern H. Allen and Ray McAnally are challenging Little Jack Dunning. Six candidates are seeking the alderman positions: Jerry S. Connell; Jerry A. Dunn, Jr.; Richard L. Horn; Michael R. Morris; Diana Poole and Randy L. Stewart. John Tanner is running unopposed for his House seat in District 8. State races on the ballot include those for the 24th Senatorial District, with Roy B. Herron running unopposed. Mark Maddox is running unopposed, is also on the ballot for 76th Representative District. WCP 10.30.08

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