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Election deadline is next week
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If you want to be a State Representative or School Board member, your time is running out.

The qualifying deadline is next Thursday, April 7, at 12 p.m. noon.

Offices on the ballot include all 12 Constables, state House, and three seats on the Warren County Board of Education, commonly called the School Board. 

The 5th District School Board seat held by Sue Anderson will be hotly contested. Chris Cope and James T. Jacobs have qualified to run in addition to Anderson.

For 3rd District School Board, Larry Judkins picked up qualifying papers on Tuesday. He must obtain signatures of 25 registered voters in his district to get on the ballot. Helen Martin currently holds the seat and has not picked up papers.

For 1st District School Board, former WCHS principal James Bennett is the incumbent. He has qualified and currently does not face opposition. 

State House of Representatives will be on the ballot. The 43rd District seat is held by Republican Paul Sherrell of Sparta. He represents all of Warren and White counties in the redrawn district. 

Cheryl Uselton, a Democrat from Morrison, has also qualified. 

Before redistricting, she was in the 47th District, which was composed of the Westwood and Morrison areas of Warren County and all of Coffee County.

Redistricting has given Warren County more say for the Tennessee House seat as the county has been divided into two districts since the Shelby Rhinehart days. All of Warren County now votes for the same Tennessee House seat.

With a population of 41,277, Warren County has more voting power than White County, the only other county in the district, with a population of 26,800.

For local residents thinking big, the deadline to qualify to run for Tennessee Governor is also next Thursday at noon.

The 4th District U.S. House seat is on the ballot. Scott DesJarlais is the incumbent. He is finishing his sixth term for a total of 12 years in Congress.

New to Warren County, a small portion of our population has been included in the 6th District U.S. House. Redistricting moved 485 residents on the northeast edge of the county into this district so they will no longer vote in the 4th District.