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2014 is big election year for county, state

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

LOGO 2014 Elections 002Candidates planning to run for election in 2014 began picking up their qualifying papers this month for what will be a big election year in Tennessee and Moore County.

Voters here in Moore County will go to the polls two times during 2014, the first coming on Aug. 7, when state primaries will be held for the governor’s seat and a number of state offices, as well as several county posts.

The second election date here will be on Nov. 4, when winners from the August primary will be on the ballot. The county general election is held in conjunction with the August state primaries.

That will include races for the Metropolitan Moore County Mayor’s office — formerly known as the county executive — the Moore County trustee’s office; the office of Metro Moore County Sheriff; circuit court clerk; county clerk; and the register of deeds.

Also on this year’s ballot will be each of the three seats in the second, third and fifth districts in the Metro Council, as well as two seats on the school board, districts one and three. The local races will include those for two circuit court judge positions, chancellor, district attorney general and public defender as well.

All qualifying petitions for the August elections must be filed with local Administrator of Elections Judy Copeland no later than noon on April 3 in the County Building.

State primaries on the August ballot will include those for governor, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives, and state executive committeeman and committeewoman.

Candidates running for the sheriff’s position must file additional forms with the P.O.S.T. Commission by March 20.

For the county school board members, persons must file a copy of their high school diploma or other proof of graduation.

A candidate’s qualifying petition is required to have 25 nominating signatures, other than the candidate’s signature, of people who are registered voters.

Under state law, candidates for local elected office are required to file financial disclosure documents, although some exemptions apply. Under state law a candidate must file an appointment of treasurer form before the candidate spends or receives any money.

If a person has an unpaid civic penalty imposed by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, they cannot qualify to seek public office unless the penalty has been paid and the required report has been filed as documented by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.