MADISONVILLE-Proving that no elected
seat can ever be considered safe, when the deadline for submitting a
petition for the May 6 primary ended Thursday, Monroe County Mayor
Tim Yates saw he will face three competitors in the May Republican
Former Monroe County Director of
Schools Bob Lovingood started his campaign a few months ago, but
William Bell and Irad Lee have also thrown their hats in the primary
ring. Lee ran for county mayor in 2006 and was defeated by then
incumbent Allan Watson.
Whoever comes out of the primary a
winner will face Democrat and former Sweetwater Mayor Jim Stutts in
the general election in August.
In addition to county mayor, this is
also the year for sheriff, county clerk, Circuit Court clerk,
register of deeds, trustee and road superintendent. Only the sheriff
and road superintendent will face any challenge in the election,
leaving the others to run unopposed and receive courtesy votes.
Those who have picked up petitions and
turned them in for other offices include: Chalmers Thompson, Bill
Brown and Andrew Mark Freiberg, Circuit Court judge-part 3, 10th
Judicial District; Sandra Donaghy, Amy Reedy and Van Irion, Criminal
Court judge, 10th Judicial District; Johnny F. Whitehead, 1st
District constable; Keith McLemore, and Richard Johnson, 3rd District
Mike Sharp, Circuit Court judge part 2; Larry Puckett, Circuit Court judge part 1; Steve Crump and Stephen
Hatchett, district attorney; Richard Hughes, public defender.
David Hester and Richard Kirkland,
County Commission, 2nd District; Charles Underwood, Bill Shadden,
Roger Thomas, Stephen Miller, Barbara Raper and Barbara Skidmore,
County Commission 3rd District; Wanda Alexander, commissioner 1st
Dwaine Thomas, General Sessions judge; Randy White, Sheriff; Steve Teague, incumbent road superintendent; Teddy Waters, 1st District constable; Larry Sloan, county clerk; Wayne Harris, 3rd District constable; Steven Standridge, County
Commission 2nd District; John Scott Hunt, County Commission, 2nd
Robert Ingram, County Commission 2nd
District; Marty Jenkins, constable 3rd District; Bennie Moser, County
Commission 1st District; Harold Hawkins, County Commission 3rd
District; Robert West, County Commission 3rd District; Marna Hull,
incumbent trustee; Millie Estes, incumbent register of deeds; J. Reed
Dixon, incumbent General Sessions judge; Alice Wear, County
Commission 3rd District; James A. Stinnett, constable 3rd District; Fred J. Tallent, County Commission, 4th District.
Bill Bivens, incumbent sheriff; Charles
Parris, sheriff; Tim Nix, road superintendent; Charles Kennedy,
constable 2nd District; Martha Cook, Circuit Court clerk; Roy
Atkins, constable 2nd District; Steven Gregory, County Commission,
4th District; Walter Bowman, County Commission, 1st District; Bradley
Ogle, County Commission 2nd District; Marty Allen, County Commission
1st District and Tommy Jones, constable 2nd District; Paulette
Summey, 4th District County Commission.
The county general election will be
held Aug. 7 in conjunction with state primaries. The election will
include Monroe County Board of Education seats.
Voters will also get to cast ballots on
10 County Commission seats along with Monroe County General Sessions
Judge, 10th Judicial District chancellor, 10th District Criminal
Court judge, 10th District Circuit Court Judge parts 1, 2 and 3, 10th
District Attorney General and 10th Judicial District public defender.