The first Democratic candidate for DeKalb County Road Supervisor is making his intentions known.
Jimmy Sprague told WJLE last week that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the office in the May 1, 2018 primary.
Sprague is a former employee of the office but for the last several years has worked for the DeKalb County School System as the Transportation Supervisor.
He and his wife Johnna reside in Smithville and are the parents of three children, Shelby, Evan, and Jacob.
Sprague said if elected he would be a working road supervisor and would make himself available to the public to address concerns.
“I will do my best to make every effort to make the roads in DeKalb County safer,” said Sprague.
The election commission will begin issuing petitions for the following offices on November 17: Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee and for the county commission in each of the seven districts (two per district for a total of 14).
DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates for county offices in a primary set for May 1, 2018.
Democratic nominees will face any Republican and or Independent challengers in the August, 2018 general election. The DeKalb County Republican Party will be choosing its nominees by caucus. The qualifying deadline for all candidates will be the same, NOON February 15, 2018.
Road Supervisor candidates must also meet the statutory deadline for filing with the Tennessee Highways Officials Certification Board.
In order to be certified, a candidate for county road supervisor must:
(1) Be a graduate of an accredited school of engineering, with at least 2 years’ experience in highway construction or maintenance; or
(2) Be licensed to practice engineering in Tennessee; or
(3) Have at least 4 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity in highway construction or maintenance; or
(4) Have a combination of education and experience equivalent to either (1) or (2).