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Early voting for May 4 Dem primary begins Wednesday

Early voting for May 4 Dem primary begins Wednesday
Early voting for May 4 Dem primary begins Wednesday | Weakley County Election, Democratic Primary
TEST RUN – Voting machine technician Jimmy Kelly (from left, clockwise) demonstrates the voter machine process to Weakley County Election Commission members Beau Pemberton, Kitty Soder, election administrator Barbara Castleman, chairman Wayne Chester, commission member Danny Powell and machine technician Ricky Carter during a test run of the voting machines last week. Early voting begins Wednesday.

While there isn’t a heavy slate of contenders on the Democratic primary ballot this year, Weakley County Election Commission members consider the primary a test run for the upcoming elections in August and November.
Listed on the May 4 Democratic primary are a handful of new faces as well as several candidates seeking re-election.
In the county mayor’s slot, incumbent Houston Patrick has qualified to seek another term in office.
The slate of candidates seeking office for county commission include:
• District 1 – Incumbents John Salmon and David Rook
• District 2 – Incumbents Eric Owen and Julia Rich
• District 3 – Incumbents Michael Medling and Roger Stewart
• District 4 – Incumbents Tommy Jones and Joe Farmer
• District 5 – Incumbents Larry Taylor and Dick Phebus
• District 6 – Incumbents Earl Wright and Dale Overton
• District 7 – Newcomer Shirley Callis and incumbent Bob Bell
• District 8 – Incumbents Sam Sinclair and Jack Vincent
• District 9 – Incumbent Jimmy Westbrook and Kevin McAlpin
Salmon and Rook will have to vie for their seats again in August with the announcement of Republican Andy Holt seeking office in August. Callis and Bell will face opposition from Republican David Hawks of Martin during the August General Election. Taylor and Phebus also face opposition from Republican Scott Fortner who will be listed on the ballot in August.
In the constables’ race, the Gleason district will be asked to choose between newcomer to the ballot Sherman Perry and incumbent Richard Black.
Other constables seeking re-election include:
• District 1 – Newcomer Anthony Wilson
• District 4 – Incumbent Larry Watlington
• District 5 – Incumbent Danny Joe Bell
• District 7 – Incumbent Joel Griffith
Weakley County Trustee Marci Floyd, who was appointed to the position after Donald Doster’s retirement, hopes to retain that seat as trustee. Floyd faces opposition from Republican Alex Britt during the August election.
Other candidates listed on the Democratic primary ballot include incumbents sheriff Mike Wilson, circuit court clerk Pam Belew, county clerk Pat Scarbrough, register of deeds Donna Winstead, road supervisor Kermit Hopper and highway commissioner Garry Mansfield.
The election commission office will host a “School of Instruction” for primary poll workers at 4:30 p.m. on May 3 in the county’s circuit courtroom.
Early voting for the May 4 Democratic primary begins Wednesday. There will be four voting machines and one ADA voting machine for ballot casting at the Weakley County Election Commission office in Dresden.
Candidates who expect to be a write-in candidate during the August election are still required to file qualifying petitions regardless of party affiliation.
Those petitions must be filed by noon on June 16.
All districts throughout the county will have polling booths on May 4 for the Democratic primary.
Polls will open at 9 a.m. that day.
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