DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling is now officially in the race for re-election.
Stribling filed his qualifying petition with the DeKalb County Election Commission Friday and it has been verified.
Third District County Commissioner Bradley Hendrix will be running against Stribling in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary on May 1. Hendrix has already filed his petition with the election commission and it has been verified.
Former County Mayor Mike Foster recently picked up his petition but has not yet filed it with the commission but the qualifying deadline is not until February 15.
No Republicans or Independents have announced for County Mayor.
Meanwhile, Liberty Mayor Dwight Mathis picked up his petition Friday to seek re-election The Liberty Municipal Election is August 2. A mayor and all five aldermen seats will be filled in the election that day in Liberty.
Darrell Johnson recently picked up a petition to run for Mayor of Liberty while Derek Johnson and William H. Reynolds have obtained petitions for an Alderman seat in Liberty. Reynolds is an incumbent seeking re-election.
Jennifer Winfree, GOP State Executive Committeewoman, has picked up a petition to seek re-election to that position.
The Election Commission Office has released the entire list of persons who have either obtained qualifying petitions or who have filed them and been verified as a candidate to date:
ISSUED FOR AUGUST ELECTIONS: (*) MEANS RETURNED AND VERIFIED
JIMMY POSS—MAYOR OF SMITHVILLE (INCUMBENT)
JOSH MILLER—MAYOR OF SMITHVILLE
JASON MURPHY—SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
GAYLA HENDRIX—SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
DWIGHT MATHIS-LIBERTY MAYOR (INCUMBENT)
DARRELL JOHNSON—LIBERTY MAYOR
DEREK JOHNSON—LIBERTY ALDERMAN
WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS—LIBERTY ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
DANNY PARKERSON—SCHOOL BOARD 1ST (INCUMBENT)
JERRY WAYNE JOHNSON—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND (INCUMBENT)
ALAN HAYES—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND
C.D. (CARL) WEBB—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND
ORVIL HENDRIX—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND
JIM BESHEARSE—SCHOOL BOARD 3RD (INCUMBENT)
KATE MILLER—SCHOOL BOARD 4TH (INCUMBENT)
SHAUN TUBBS—SCHOOL BOARD—7TH (INCUMBENT)
PETITIONS FOR MAY 1 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
*JAMES (JIMMY) POSS—COUNTY COURT CLERK (INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BRADLEY HENDRIX—COUNTY MAYOR. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
MIKE FOSTER—COUNTY MAYOR
*TIM STRIBLING—COUNTY MAYOR (INCUMBENT).PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JIMMY SPRAGUE—ROAD SUPERVISOR. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
NICOLE WRIGHT—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
*MARK MILAM—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JEFF MCMILLEN—REGISTER OF DEEDS (INCUMBENT).PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
JULIE YOUNG—COUNTY COMMISSION 1ST DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
*NORA HARVEY—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND DISTRICT. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
JOE JOHNSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND (INCUMBENT)
MYRON RHODY—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND
JACK BARTON—COUNTY COMMISSION 3RD DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
*BOBBY JOHNSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 3RD. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
WAYNE CANTRELL—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH (INCUMBENT)
SCOTT LITTLE—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT
*BOBBY TAYLOR—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
ANITA PUCKETT—COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH (INCUMBENT)
*BETTY ATNIP—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT). PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JEFF BARNES—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT). PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
KEVIN ROBINSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
LARRY SUMMERS—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
BETH PAFFORD—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH
POTENTIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR AUGUST 2, 2018
PATRICK RAY—SHERIFF (INCUMBENT)
SUSAN MARTIN—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
SEAN DRIVER—TRUSTEE (INCUMBENT)
DANNY HALE—ROAD SUPERVISOR
REED EDGE—ROAD SUPERVISOR
TOM CHANDLER—COUNTY COMMISSION 1ST
SABRINA FARLER—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND
GREG MATTHEWS—COUNTY COMMISION 4TH
JERRY ADCOCK—COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH (INCUMBENT)
MATT ADCOCK—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH
BRUCE MALONE—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH
The qualifying deadline is less than a month away for candidates planning to run for county wide offices or positions on the county commission in 2018.
The last day candidates may qualify to run is NOON February 15, 2018. That applies to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates in a primary set for May 1. Republicans will nominate candidates by caucus on Sunday, February 11. Nominees of both parties and any independents will run in the August General Election. Winners will take office September 1 and serve for four years.
Thursday, February 1 is the deadline for sheriff candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) and for county road superintendent candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.
The following county offices are up for election in 2018: 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).
The qualifying deadline for five school board seats, municipal elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria, and for the August state primaries is noon April 5.
Up for election in August will be school board seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.
City seats up for grabs in August are: In Smithville the Mayor and two aldermen positions; in Dowelltown three aldermen seats; in Liberty the Mayor and five aldermen spots and in Alexandria the Mayor and four aldermen positions including one alderman to fill a two year unexpired term.
State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.