Voters will choose party nominees for several county wide and district offices tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6) in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary as well as the Democratic and Republican Primaries for offices in the seven county 13th Judicial District which includes DeKalb County. Names of the winners will be on the ballot in the DeKalb County General Election on Thursday, August 7th.
"1606 is the current number of people who have already voted in this election through the early voting or absentee process. A few absentees may be in Tuesday's mail. One hundred twenty five of those are paper ballots," said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley. A total of 1,531 have voted in the Democratic Primary and 75 have cast ballots in the Republican Primary.
Polls at all sixteen precincts in the county will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
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Voters must declare in which primary they intend to vote. For example, voters who declare their intentions to vote in the Democratic Primary cannot vote in the Republican primary for the 13th judicial district candidates. Likewise, voters who declare their intentions to vote in the Republican primary cannot vote for any democratic candidates in this election
The DeKalb County Democratic Primary will feature four contested county wide and five district county commission races.
County Mayor Mike Foster will be seeking his fourth term but will be challenged in the primary by Smithville Alderman Tim Stribling. The winner will face Republican nominee Chris Smithson and Independent Chris Bratcher, II in the August 7th County General Election.
Three term incumbent County Clerk Mike Clayborn will be looking for his fourth term. He faces a challenge from James L. (Jimmy) Poss.
Incumbent General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Hale "Butch" Cook, II is running for his third-eight year term. His primary opponent is local attorney Margie Rigsby Miller. The winner will meet Republican challenger Mingy Colwell Bryant in August. She is also a Smithville attorney.
In the race for Sheriff, Michael J. Agee and Larry Flair, Sr. will face off for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face two term Republican Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray in August.
James D. (Jimmy) Sprague is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Road Supervisor but he will face Republican nominee Wallace M. (Butch) Agee in the August General Election. The winner will succeed six term incumbent Kenny Edge, who is not seeking re-election.
Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack and Register of Deeds Jeffrey McMillen, both incumbents, will be unopposed in the May Democratic Primary as well as in the August General Election. Pack is seeking her fourth term. McMillen is looking for his eighth term.
Democrats will not have a candidate for Trustee. Republican incumbent Sean Driver will be unopposed for this third term in the August General Election.
County commission Democratic Primary races on May 6th will be contested in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh districts.
The candidates for the county commission in each district are as follows (Two will be Nominated/Elected from each District)
Bennett Armstrong and Elmer Ellis, Jr. are unopposed in the Democratic Primary. They will be the Democratic Nominees in the August General Election along with Republican Nominee Mason Carter (TWO TO BE ELECTED).
Jerry Hutchins, Jr., Clarence Trapp , Joe N. Johnson, and Frank D.Thomas are seeking the Democratic Nomination. The two Democratic nominees will run in the August General Election along with Republican Nominee Bobby Joines and Independent Candidate James "Jimmy" E. Midgett. (TWO TO BE ELECTED)
Bradley Scott Hendrix, Jerry D. Scott, and Jack E. Barton are seeking the Democratic Nomination. The two nominees will be running in August along with Independent Candidate Wesley Nokes. (TWO TO BE ELECTED)
Wayne Cantrell, David McDowell, Bobby R. Taylor, Jonathan Norris, and Anthony "Tony" Poss are seeking the Democratic Nomination. The two nominees will be unopposed in August (TWO TO BE ELECTED)
Anita Puckett and Rick Cantrell are unopposed in the Democratic Primary. They will be the Democratic Nominees in the August General Election along with Republican Nominee Jerry D. Adcock (TWO TO BE ELECTED).
Betty Jean Atnip, Jeff Barnes, and Marshall Ferrell are seeking the Democratic Nomination. The two nominees will be running in August along with Independent Candidate Danny McGinnis (TWO TO BE ELECTED)
Larry A. Summers, Kevin Robinson, and David Agee are seeking the Democratic Nomination. The two nominees will be unopposed in August. (TWO TO BE ELECTED)
CONSTABLE (TO FILL VACANT POSITIONS)
Chad Curtis will be unopposed for the Democratic nomination. He will face the Republican nominee Lee Plummer in the August General Election
There is no Democratic candidate for constable in the second district. In August, Republican Chris Tramel will face Independents Tony D. Lawson and Jonathan Low
There is no Democratic candidate for constable in the third district. In August, Independent candidates Travis Bryant and Lou Ann Sanders will be in competition for the position.
GOP primary races will be contested in the 13th Judicial District on May 6th for the offices of District Attorney General, District Public Defender, and Circuit Court Judge, Part I. The 13th Judicial District is made up of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties.
Republicans Shawn Fry and Bryant Dunaway, both of Cookeville will be vying for the GOP nomination on May 6th for District Attorney General. The winner will face Tony Craighead of Cookeville in the August General Election. Craighead will be unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
In the race for Criminal Court Judge, Part I, Republicans Wesley Bray and Gary McKenzie, both of Cookeville will be seeking the GOP nomination on May 6th. The winner will take on William Fred Roberson, Jr. of Cookeville in August. Roberson is unopposed for the Democratic nomination on May 6th.
Craig P. Fickling and Edwin G. Sadler, both of Cookeville, and John Meadows of Sparta are in the race for the Republican nomination for District Public Defender on May 6th. The winner will try to unseat Democratic incumbent David N. Brady of Cookeville in August. Brady is unopposed in the primary on May 6th.
Others who are unopposed in their respective primaries on May 6th are as follows.
Circuit Court Judge, Part I:
Amy Hollars of Livingston, Democratic Incumbent
Circuit Court Judge, Part II:
Randy York of Crossville, Democrat
Jonathan Young of Cookeville, Republican
Criminal Court Judge, Part II
David A. Patterson of Cookeville, Republican Incumbent
Ronald Thurman of Cookeville, Democratic Incumbent
J. Lee Burgess of Cookeville, Republican
Winners of each primary will face off in the August General Election.