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Elections inching closer

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 1:47 PM

With Aug. 7 county general election and state and federal primaries inching closer, the first day to pick up a petition to run is right around the corner.

Though picking up a petition on or after Jan. 3 is the first step for a candidate to express his or her intent to run, it doesn’t necessarily mean that name will appear on the ballot.

“They’ve next got to get 25 signatures of registered voters in their district that they’re running and turn that in by the qualifying deadline April 3 at noon,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections.

The next step would be a review and certification by the Election Commission, and that would make the candidacy official.

Though not many people have announced their intentions to run, some candidates have filled out financial disclosures or appointment of treasurer forms.

Warren has said these forms mean the person is actively soliciting funds for the 2014 elections.

“A candidate or anyone thinking of running can file one and start collecting money for their campaign even before the official first day to pick up petitions to run,” Warren said.

Judicial candidates, the only difference, couldn’t start soliciting funds until Nov. 7.

Warren said several appointment of treasurer forms are on file and “absolutely more” candidates would begin filing as elections near.

According to the Election Commission’s website, the most updated financial disclosure, those who have already filed forms for next year’s general election are:

• Gary Keith for county commissioner, District 17.

• James Maness for Mt. Juliet Commission, District 2.

• Ellis Marshall for general sessions judge.

• Robert Bryan for Wilson County sheriff.

• Felicia Hale for circuit court clerk.

• Andy Wright for general sessions judge, Division II.

• Randall Hutto for Wilson County mayor.

• Kenny Reich for county commissioner, District 6.

Warren also said, for those contemplating running for office, a candidate guide under the “candidate” tab on the Election Commission website, has all of the information one would need.

For more information, visit the Wilson County Election Commission website at wilsonelections.com or call 615-444-0216.

The August county general election and state primary election is Aug. 7. The last day to register to vote is July 8. Early voting is July 18 through Aug. 2.

Offices eligible for county general election

• County mayor.

• County commissioners – all 25 districts.

• Trustee.

• Sheriff.

• Circuit court clerk.

• County clerk.

• Register of deeds.

• Chancellor.

• 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 Special School District—1 at-large member.

• Wilson County Board of Education, zones 2, 4 and 5.

Offices eligible for the state primary election

• Governor.

• 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

• U.S. Senate.

• U.S. Congress – 6th District

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