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Election season gears up in Wilson County

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

With the first day to pick up a petition to run less than two weeks away on Jan. 3, elections are closer than ever in Wilson County.

Picking up a petition to run is the first step for a candidates to announce their intents to run on Election Day, Aug. 7, but it doesn’t necessarily mean their names will be 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 candidate will then have to be reviewed and certified by the Election Commission to make their candidacy official.

Though less than two weeks still remain before the official first day to pick up a petition, some candidates have filled out financial disclosures called Appointment of Treasurer forms.

According to Warren, 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.

The closer elections grow, Warren said, more and more will file Appointment of Treasurer forms.

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

Brian Abston (Mt. Juliet City Commission District 4), Robert Bryan (Wilson County Sheriff), Jeff Dickson (Circuit Court Clerk), Felicia Hale (Circuit Court Clerk), Randall Hutto (Wilson County Mayor), Gary Keith (Commissioner District 17), James Maness (Mt. Juliet Commission District 2), Ellis Marshall (General Sessions Judge), Debbie Moss (Circuit Court Clerk), Kenny Reich (County Commissioner District 6) and

Andy Wright (General Sessions Judge Division II).

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 and 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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