Three will compete for the open 5th District County Commission seat formerly held by Melissa Yancy who retired earlier this year.
The position is presently held on an interim basis by Tyrone Sparkman. He was placed in the position by the County Commission pending the election this summer. He has also been given the Democratic nomination to run as its party representative for the office during the general election.
The local Republican Party has countered by picking a candidate of its own to run for the 5th District spot. They have picked Jack Holland.
He will join Sparkman and independent candidate Lori Judkins in the race. Sparkman topped Judkins in voting by the County Commission for the interim spot in a controversial vote that was held without allowing the candidates to speak.
Election for the 5th District seat will be held Aug. 4 along with rest of the election ballot which will also feature Democrat and Republican primaries for the 47th District Tennessee House seat held by Judd Matheny and 43rd District House seat held by Kevin Dunlap. There will also be a primary for the 16th District Tennessee Senate seat held by Janice Bowling.
“Voters will have a choice to vote in any two,” said election administrator Donna Smith. “They can vote in the general election and either the Republican or Democratic primary.”
There will be a School Board election during the general election in August for three seats but only Tanya Bess is being challenged. Her opponent is James Jacobs.