Beginning last Friday, petitions could officially be picked up for the Aug. 7 elections in Wilson County.
Phillip Warren, administrator of elections, said that so far things have been running fine since petitioning started.
“Everything went well [Friday], and everything’s been going real well,” Warren said.
However, Warren said that picking up a petition just means the candidate simply got a petition and that more steps were involved.
Picking up a petition to run is the first step for a candidate to announce their intent to run on Election Day Aug. 7, but it doesn’t necessarily mean their name 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,” Warren said.
After returning their petitions with the 25 signatures and being reviewed by the Election Commission, Warren said the petition would then be filed.
So far, those who have picked up a petition to run includes:
Chancellor-15th Judicial: C.K. Smith
Circuit Court Clerk: Bud Brandon, Debbie Moss, Felicia Plumlee Hale, Jeff Dickson
Circuit Court Judge Div. 1- 15th District: Clara Byrd
County Clerk: Jim Goodall
Criminal Court Judge-15th Judicial: Brian Fuller, Brody Kane
General Sessions Judge Division I: Barry Tatum
General Sessions Judge Division II: Andy Wright, Ellis H. Marshall III, Harry A. Christiansen
General Session Judge Division III: John Gwin
Public Defender-15th Judicial: Comer Donnell
Register of Deeds: John ‘Bev’ Spickard
Sheriff: Robert Bryan
State Representative-Republican District 46: Mark Pody
State Republican Committeeman: Albert B. McCall
State Senate Republican 17th District: Mae Beavers
Trustee: Jim Major
County Commissioner-District 1: Becky Siever
County Commissioner-District 4: Chad Barnard
County Commissioner-District 6: Kenny Reich, Kevin Graves
County Commissioner-District 7: Joshua Hinerman
County Commissioner-District 8: Frank Bush
County Commissioner-District 13: Clint Thomas, Sonja Robinson
County Commissioner-District 14: Jeff Joines
County Commissioner-District 17: Gary Keith
County Commissioner-District 18: Michael Cole, Terrell Muncher
County Commissioner-District 20: Annette Stafford
County Commissioner-District 23: Bernie Ash, Robert C. Pelt
County Commissioner-District 24: Paul Abercrombie
Wilson County Mayor: Randall Hutto
County School Board-Zone 4: Ron Britt
County School Board-Zone 5: Larry Tomlinson
Warren said the last day to withdraw from the election is April 10 and after that the commission meets to qualify the candidates and make them official.
“But it’s a pretty good indication someone is going to run if they pick up a petition,” Warren said.
The last day to pick up a petition to run is April 3 at noon.
For more information, visit the Wilson County Election Commission website at wilsonelections.com or call 615-444-0216.