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Candidates qualify for August elections

Candidates qualify for August elections

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Candidates for the Obion County School Board and the state Senate and House seats from this area will face opposition in the August election.
The deadline was noon Thursday for candidates who wished to qualify for the Obion County general election and state primary to be held Aug. 2, according to administrator of elections Leigh Schlager.
In the Obion County School Board race, District 1 incumbent David Lamb is being challenged by James Faulkner, while District 3 incumbent Diane Sanderson will face opposition from Chris Wilson. Incumbent Brian Rainey is unopposed in District 5.
Redistricting has resulted in newcomers Dan Huggins and Scott Northam both vying for the District 7 county school board seat currently held by Susan Williams, who is no longer in that district due to redistricting.
Currently, Rainey serves as chairman, Ms. Sanderson as vice chairman and Lamb as chair pro tem of the county school board.
Judy Smith qualified as an independent candidate in her bid for re-election as Obion County’s assessor of property.
Four Obion County districts have uncontested constable races and no one qualified as candidates in the remaining three districts. Mrs. Schlager said the qualifiers include incumbents Bobby Hall in District 1, James Hack in District 2, Bruce Davidson in District 3 and Eugene Fletcher in District 7. No one qualified to run in Districts 4, 5 and 6.
The August ballot will also include two seats on the Kenton Special School District, both unopposed. Charles Phillips is running for election as the Gibson County member and Mike Farrar is seeking the position as a Kenton city member of the district, according to Mrs. Schlager.
State primary
Three candidates qualified for the state Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Roy Herron in the 24th Senatorial District. They include Republican candidates Danny Jowers of Kenton and John Stevens of Huntingdon and Democratic candidate Brad Thompson of Union City.
Incumbent state Rep. Bill Sanderson, a Republican, is being opposed by Mark Oakes, a Democrat, in the race for the 77th House District; and incumbent Andy Holt, also a Republican, is being challenged by former state Rep. Mark Maddox, a Democrat, in the 76th House District, which now includes a portion of Obion County.
For more information about the upcoming election, contact the Obion County Election Commission office at 885-1901 or visit the website at www.obioncountyelection.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.12

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