With the Wilson County general elections less than a year away on Aug. 7, little by little candidates have been coming forward to run.
Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said officially the first day to pick up petitions to run is Jan. 3, but some candidates have already filed campaign financial disclosures.
“There’s not a lot with their name in the running yet because it’s still pretty early,” Warren said. “But you can tell those that are running because they have filed a treasurer’s report for the 2014 election so that makes it evident they’re intending to run.”
According to the Wilson County Election Commission’s website, each candidate must file an “Appointment of Political Treasurer” with the commission in order to run or raise any money.
Individuals may be announced candidates and may begin soliciting campaign funds at any time before the election, but that is a political strategy each individual must make.
Those who have already filed such reports for next year’s general election are Gary Keith (Commissioner, District 17), James Maness (Mt. Juliet Commission, District 2), Ellis Marshall (General Sessions Judge), Robert Bryan (Wilson County Sheriff), Felicia Hale (Circuit Court Clerk) and Andy Wright (General Sessions Judge, Division II).
Warren also said this was a “big year” for the commission.
“We’ve been looking up registration cards and updating them every single day and also updating addresses and what not daily,” Warren said.
Warren said a lot of preparation goes into the election process in the time leading up to the actual elections.
“We’re busy year-round,” Warren said. “Everything we do is very detailed and very time consuming.”
The August county general election and state primary election is Aug. 7 and the last day to register to vote is July 8 and early voting is July 18 through Aug. 2.
Offices eligible for county general election include:
• County mayor.
• County commissioners – all 25 districts.
• Circuit court clerk.
• County clerk.
• Register of deeds.
• Circuit court judge – divisions I and II.
• Criminal court judge.
• District attorney general.
• Public defender.
• General sessions judge – divisions I, II and III.
• Constable – all zones.
• Lebanon Board of Education at-large member.
• Wilson County Board of Education, zones 2, 4 and 5.
Offices eligible for the state primary election include:
• State Senate – District 17.
• State Representative – District 46 and District 57.
• State Republican and Democratic Executive Committeeman and Woman – District 17.
Offices eligible for the federal primary election include:
• U.S. Senate
• U.S. Congress – 6th District