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Early voter turnout steady in Moore County races

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Vivian Layman (right) gets instructions from Sally Syler before casting her vote on Monday afternoon in the County Building during early voting period. Early voting continues through Saturday, Aug. 2 at noon. The general election and state primaries are Aug. 7. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Vivian Layman (right) gets instructions from Sally Syler before casting her vote on Monday afternoon in the County Building during early voting period. Early voting continues through Saturday, Aug. 2 at noon. The general election and state primaries are Aug. 7. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Turnout has been steady since early voting began, according to Judy Copeland, Moore County’s administrator of elections. Through 4 p.m. Monday, Copeland said 503 voters had taken advantage of the early voting period in Moore County.

On the Aug. 7 Election Day, polls across Moore County will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In addition to local elections, the August ballot will also include state primaries for governor and U.S. senator and congressman.

In Moore County, leading the ballot will be the county mayor’s race. Incumbent Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart is being challenged by Albert Carpenter.

Other local races include that of Circuit Court Clerk, where Heather W. Smith is running for re-election while being challenged by Christy Millsaps and Melanie Pykiet; the Trustee’s office, where Lynn Harrison is running for re-election against Sharon Bateman; and Dist. 5 councilman, where Tommy Brown and RD McKenzie are attempting to hold onto their seats and newcomers Denning Harder and Anthony Brandon are running for council. Those four are running for three open council seats.

There are several races with unopposed candidates.

County Clerk Nancy Hatfield is unopposed, as is General Sessions Judge Terry Gregory.

Also unopposed are Register of Deeds Pam Wells; Sheriff Mark Logan; District 1 School Board Candidate Ed Cashion and District 3 School Board Candidate Jammie Cashion — both newcomers.

On the council, the District 5 is the only race with an odd man out.

In District 1, Amy Rhoton Cashion and Parks Norman are unopposed.

In District 2, Wayne Hawkins, Patrick Maynard and Glenn Searcy are unopposed.

In District 3, Marty Copeland, Gordon Millsaps and Wayne Rhoton are unopposed.

In District 4, Shawn Adam and Arvis Bobo are unopposed.

Drawing a great deal of interest regionally is the race for circuit court judge, Part 1, for the 17th Judicial District. In that race are Forest A. Durard, Jr., and Brooke Grubb, both independent candidates on the ballot. Grubb is from Fayetteville while Durard, appointed to the seat by the governor last year, is from Shelbyville.

The race for public defender for the 17th Judicial District will be between incumbent Donna Orr Hargrove and her challenger Robert Dalton — both of those independent candidates are from Lewisburg.

In other 17th Judicial District races, incumbents Lee Russell, current circuit court judge, Part 2, of Shelbyville and J.B. Cox, chancellor, of Fayetteville are both unopposed. Also unopposed in his first election is Robert J. Carter of Fayetteville, district attorney general. Carter was appointed to his seat two years ago by the governor.

State Primaries

In the governor’s race, incumbent Bill Haslam faces Mark Connrippy Brown, Basil Marceaux, Sr., and Donald Ray McFolin in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, candidates are Charles V. (Charlie) Brown, Kennedy Spellman Johnson, William H. (John) McKamey, and Ron Noonan.

In the race for the U.S. Senate seat, incumbent Lamar Alexander is being challenged by Christian Agnew, Joe Carr, George Shea Flinn, John D. King, Brenda S. Lenard and Erin Kent MaGee in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, candidates are Terry Adams, Gordon Ball, Larry Crim and Gary Gene Davis.

The race for U.S. Congressman representing the 4th District will see incumbent Scott DesJarlais facing challengers John Anderson, Oluyomi (Fapas) Faparusi, Sr., Steve Lane, David R. Tate, Jim Tracy and Michael S. Warden in the Republican primary. Warden is from Fayetteville, and Tracy, of Shelbyville, currently serves as state senator. In the Democratic primary for the congressional seat, Lenda Sherrell is the lone candidate.

Candidates in primaries for house and senate seats in the Tennessee Legislature include incumbent State Rep. David Alexander (R-Winchester), who is being challenged by Jack Daniel, of Huntland in the 39th Republican District. Matthew Huffer is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for District 39 of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

In primaries for state executive committeewoman will be Brenda Ables (D-Fayetteville), Joan Hill (D-Murfreesboro), Lynne Davis (R-Lascassas), and Joanne Skidmore (R-Murfreesboro), and in primaries for state executive committeeman will be Mark Farrar (D-Shelbyville), Lance Frizzell (R-Murfreesboro), and Jim Sandman (R-Lascassas).

Judicial Retention Questions

Voters will also be asked whether to retain or replace a number of state Supreme Court justices as well as judges for the state Court of Appeals, and Court of Criminal Appeals.

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