Election office getting busier as 2014 nears
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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It will be a busy season for elections as the new year gets underway; the deadline to turn in petitions for the Bradley County Primary on May 6, 2014, is by noon on Feb. 20.

A number of incumbents and new faces have already reportedly picked up petitions for a variety of offices.

Slated for the May 6 Primary are the following offices: 10th District Chancellor, 10th District Criminal Court Judge, 10th District Attorney General, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Commission, County Trustee, General Sessions Judges Division One and Two, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Superintendent, County School Board Districts 2, 4 and 6, and Constables in all districts.

These races will be determined in the Aug. 7 General Election, which is also the Tennessee State Primary voting day.

Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator, reports her office has maintained a steady flow of visitors, voters, incumbents and potential candidates over the past few weeks.

To date, 60 area residents have picked up petition paperwork.

Incumbents Circuit Court Judge Larry Puckett of Part 1, Michael Sharp of Part 2 have picked up, as have potential candidates for Part 3, William Brown, Sandra Donaghy and Andrew Freiberg, who may seek the seat being vacated when Judge Carroll Ross retires in 2014.

Amy Armstrong Reedy is only one of two Democrats who have picked up petition paperwork.

She is seeking re-election to the Criminal Court post and Richard Hughes has picked up a petition for his re-election as the 10th Judicial District Public Defender.

Also, Stephen Hatchett reportedly picked up petition paperwork in McMinn County for the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s post. Steve Crump has also picked up paperwork for the 10th Judicial District AG post.

Incumbent Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has garnered his paperwork as well.

Five potential candidates are vying for County Commission District 1.

Incumbent Terry Caywood, Denis Collins, Michael Hughes, Terry McDowell Jr., and Tom Collins, who is current Bradley County Road superintendent have all shown interest in the seat.

Current Commissioner Ed Elkins will not seek re-election.

In County Commission District 2, John S. Burns, William Glen Campbell and Thomas L. Crye, as well as Jimmy Lynn Kendrick and Tammy S. Wingo, have picked up petitions. Currently, Connie Wilson, who is not seeking re-election, and Louie Alford hold those seats.

County Commission 3 incumbent Brian Smith announced recently that he won’t be in the race. Milan Blake, David Kelley, Johnny Mull and incumbent Democrat Jeff Morelock have picked up petitions for that district.

Howard L. Thompson, June Montgomery and incumbent Charlotte Peak-Jones have picked up paperwork for the District 4 County Commission post. Adam Lowe will not be seeking District 4 re-election but will be vying for a state representative position.

Jeff Yarber is the only candidate to pick up for District 5. He is the incumbent along with Bill Ledford.

In County Commission District 6, incumbent Mel Griffith has picked up petition paperwork as well as Tom D. Ledford, Ronny E. Keller and Daniel D. Rawls.

Both incumbents in District 7, Mark Hall and Bill Winters have also picked up petitions.

Mike Smith has picked up for his re-election to the County Trustee’s seat.

General Sessions Judge Division 1 and 2 positions are also up for vote in 2014.

Daniel Swafford, incumbent Juvenile Court judge, is seeking re-election in Division 1 and Barrett Painter has picked up petition paperwork for the Division 2 seat held by Sheridan Randolph, who has also picked up a petition.

Both incumbent Sheriff Jim Ruth and current state Rep. Eric Watson have picked up paperwork for the upcoming Bradley County Sheriff’s race.

Incumbent County Court Clerk Gayla Miller is also seeking to keep her elected position, as is Donna Alley Simpson, who is the incumbent county clerk, and incumbent Register of Deeds Dina Swafford.

In the Bradley County Road Superintendent’s race, Robert L. Combs, Randall Davis and Sandra Knight are considering the position.

They have all picked up petition paperwork.

Five people have shown interest in the Constable District 1 race, including incumbent Donnie Hughes.

Also picking up petitions to date were Ronald Arthur, Daren E. Brantley, Thomas W. Kimsey and Charles V. Carroll.

In District 2, Richard Alford has picked up.

Jason Corum has showed interest in the District 3 Constable’s race along with incumbent Jessie Hughes Jr.

In District 4, Kevin Crye has picked up paperwork, as well as incumbent Wayne Henry.

Steve R. Anderson was appointed to the 5th District Constable’s position after the sudden death of longtime Constable Ira Cox.

Anderson has also picked up petition paperwork to seek election.

Charles Dunson, Jeffery A. Lewis and incumbent Johnny D. Hicks have picked up paperwork for the District 6 seat and James “Edd” Lewis has picked up for Constable District 7.

Other key dates for potential candidates to remember are:

n Jan. 3, 2014 — First day to pick up petition paperwork for County General and State Primary races.

n April 3, 2014 — Noon deadline to turn petition paperwork back to the Bradley County Election Commission.

Other key dates for voters include:

n April 16 and May 1, 2014 — Early Voting will be held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n April 7, 2014 — Last day to register to vote for the May 6 County Primary.

Additional information can be found at www.bradleyelections.com.