Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for Primaries

March 26, 2014

Local residents are reminded that April 7 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming May 6 primary elections.

“We just want to remind local residents that if they wish to vote in the May 6 DeKalb and 13th Judicial Democratic Primary or the May 6 Republican 13th Judicial Primary and have not registered to vote, they need to do so,” said Dennis Stanley, DeKalb Administrator of Elections. “April 7 is the last day to register to vote in person and by postmark with the local election commission office.”

Meanwhile, NOON April 3 is also the qualifying deadline for a variety of races set for the August ballot.

Local school board candidates in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 must turn in qualifying petitions before Noon April 3, 2014 as well as candidates for the August Smithville and Dowelltown Municipal elections and for the offices of State Representative, State Senator and State party executive committeeman and committeewoman.

Meanwhile, local candidates are reminded of a couple of laws relating to political signs.

“It is unlawful for any person to place or attach any election campaign literature on any kind of poles, towers or fixters of any public utility company, whether privately or publicly owned, unless legally authorized to do so,” Stanley said.

In addition, candidates who are unsuccessful in the May primaries are responsible for removing signs that have been placed on highways, right-of-ways or other publicly owned property.

“The removal of signs should be accomplished within a reasonable time period following the election, not to exceed three weeks,” Stanley said.
“A candidate in a primary who will be a candidate in an upcoming general election, however, is not required to remove campaign signs until after the general election.”

The election commission has issued petitions to the following persons for the school board:

First District: Matthew Boss and Danny Parkerson. Boss and Parkerson have returned their petitions.

Second District: Charles Robinson and Jerry Wayne Johnson. Both Robinson and Johnson have returned their petitions

Third District: Kenny Rhody, Jim Beshearse, and Jonathan Willoughby. Rhody, Beshearse, and Willoughby have returned their petitions.

Fourth District: Billy Miller. He has also returned his petition

Seventh District: Johnny Lattimore, Shaun Tubbs, and Brandon Cox.

A Mayor and two Aldermen will be elected on August 7th in the City of Smithville, each to serve a four year term.

The election commission has issued petitions to the following persons:

Mayor: Wallace Caldwell and Jimmy W. Poss. Caldwell and Poss have returned their petitions.

Alderman: Jason Murphy and Gayla Hendrix. Murphy and Hendrix have returned their petitions.

Three Aldermen will be elected in the Dowelltown Municipal Election on August 7th.

The election commission has issued petitions to the following persons:

Brad Driver, Keith Farler, and Ronald Griffith.

Persons wanting to run in the Republican or Democratic Primaries for state offices on August 7th have until noon April 3 to qualify.
Petitions have been filed with the election commission by the following candidates:

Republican State Executive Committeeman-District 17: Albert McCall of Lebanon and Dwayne Craighead of Celina.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman-District 17:

Jennifer Winfree of DeKalb County and Pat Fields of Wilson County.

State Representative-District 40: Terri Lynn Weaver of Smith County (Republican)

State Representative-District 46: Mark Pody of Wilson County (Republican)

State Senator-District 17: Mae Beavers and Clark Boyd both of Wilson County (Republicans)

State Representative-District 40: Sarah Marie Smith of Smith County (Democrat)

State Representative-District 46: Candace Reed of Wilson County (Democrat)

State Executive Committee Woman-District 17: Rachel Givens of Wilson County (Democrat)

State Executive Committee Man-District 17: Aubrey Givens of Wilson County (Democrat)

State Representative-District 40: Krista Eickmann of DeKalb County (Independent for the November State General Election). Petition issued but not yet filed.

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