Potential candidates get, return petitions for May county primary

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 1/1/18

As the end of the year has arrived, it is easy to think about 2018 and what it may bring. With it being an election year for Bradley County, there will be many different positions and offices up for grabs.

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Potential candidates get, return petitions for May county primary

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As the end of the year has arrived, it is easy to think about 2018 and what it may bring. With it being an election year for Bradley County, there will be many different positions and offices up for grabs.

The first opportunity to vote for candidates will be on May 1 (though there will be a chance to vote early, from April 11 to April 26) during the Bradley County Primary. It will not only be a time to vote for partisan offices, but non-partisan county commission seats.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 27, many potential candidates for county positions have picked up petitions, and returned them so they can be placed on the May 1 ballot. Others have picked up petitions, but have not returned them, but still have until Feb. 15 at noon to return them.

All 14 incumbent county commissioners have picked up petitions for either Seat A or Seat B (they must choose one or the other), but only Mark Hall (7th District), Mike Hughes (1st District), Tom Crye (2nd District), and Jeff Yarber (5th District) have returned their petitions to run for their respective seats.

Other incumbent county commissioners who have picked up petitions include Terry Caywood, Louie Alford, Milan Blake, Johnny Mull, Charlotte Peak, Howard Thompson, Bobby Goins, Dan Rawls, Robert Rominger, and Bill Winters. Caywood has already indicated his plans not to run for re-election.

Several have picked up petitions for county commission seats. Those who have picked up petitions for commission Seat A positions include Ricky Bise, Justin Davis, Dennis Epperson, all for District 1, Jerry W. Cross for District 5, Tim Mason for District 6 and Floyd A. Clevenger for District 7. For Seat B, those who have picked up petitions include Zach Kilby for District 2, Christopher A. Scoggins for District 2, Cody Herron for District 6, Tom Ledford for District 6 and Debbie Williams for District 7.

Bise, Cross, and Mason have returned their petitions, and will be included on the ballot.

Other races on the May 1 county primary ballot are county mayor, trustee, sheriff, circuit court clerk, county clerk, register of deeds, road superintendent and all seven constable seats.

D. Gary Davis (county mayor), Mike Smith (trustee), Eric Watson (sheriff), Donna Alley Simpson (county clerk), Dina Swafford (register of deeds) and Sandra Collins (road superintendent) have all picked up petitions for their respective offices, with only Collins of that group not yet returning her petition to be placed on the ballot.

Gayla Miller has also picked up a petition to continue as Circuit Court Clerk, but two others have also picked up petitions for that seat: Dewayne Hicks and Jeff A. Young. Miller has returned her petition to the Bradley County Election Commission, while both Hicks and Young have not done so yet.

Hicks will have to decide if he will be on the ballot as a candidate for Circuit Court Clerk, or seek to be re-elected to his present constable position. Three others have picked up petitions to run for sixth-district constable: Tim Colbaugh, Charles W. Dunson, and Rob Jensen.

Incumbents (along with Hicks) who have picked up petitions for constable include Garry D. Moore (1st District), Jason Corum (3rd), Wayne Henry (4th), Steve Anderson (5th), and Brent Runyon (7th). Others who have picked up petitions, besides those picking up petitions for 6th district, include Charles Carroll and Jeffery Alan Lewis (both 1st District), Jimmy Kendrick Jr., Robert C. Patton, and Tony L. Whitener (all 2nd District).

Candidates must have 25 signatures on their petitions, and if they are running for district seats, those 25 must live in their districts. Countywide races only require 25 signatures of any county residents.

Those who have picked up and returned petitions by Feb. 15 have until Feb. 22 to withdraw and have their names taken off the ballot.

Other election dates for 2018 are scheduled for Aug. 2 (county general election and state primary) and Nov. 6 (state general election).

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