Candidates for Assessor of Property and Constable May Qualify as Early as September 14th

August 31, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Democrats and Independents, interested in running for Assessor of Property and Constable, may begin picking up their qualifying petitions as early as September 14th from the election commission.

The DeKalb County Democratic Party is expected to hold it's local primary in conjunction with the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.

Fay Fuqua, Chairperson of the DeKalb County Democratic Party, says members of the party's executive committee will formally act on setting the date for the local primary at a meeting on September 10th, but she will recommend that it be held on February 5th.

By having the local primary in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary in February, rather than it's normal date in May, the county is able to save several thousands of dollars in holding another election. An election in February and another one in May would be much more expensive.

DeKalb County Democrats will nominate candidates for the offices of Assessor of Property and Constable in each of the county's seven districts on Tuesday, February 5th.

The incumbents are Assessor of Property Timothy "Fud" Banks and Constables Reed Edge in the Second District; Wayne Vanderpool in the Third District; Mark Milam in the Fifth District; Carl Lee Webb in the Sixth District; and Billy Thomason in the Seventh District. The First and Fourth District Constable positions are currently vacant.

DeKalb County Administrator of Elections Lisa Peterson says Democratic and Independent candidates for Assessor of Property and Constable may qualify with the Election Commission from September 14th through the deadline of noon December 13th.

Democrats will qualify for the February 5th Primary while Independents will qualify for the August 7th, 2008 DeKalb County General Election.

DeKalb County Republicans select their nominees for the DeKalb County General Election by convention, rather than a primary, but GOP candidates for Assessor of Property and Constable must also qualify for the August Election by noon December 13th.

Kennith Vanatta, Chairman of the DeKalb County Republican Party, says he plans to call a local GOP Mass Meeting around the first of November, with the GOP Convention to follow within a couple of weeks thereafter.

Early Voting for the February 5th Primary will be January 16th through January 31st

The last day to register to vote, in time for the February 5th primary, is Monday, January 7th, if you have not been registered to vote in DeKalb County.

Tennessee will be among some twenty states holding Presidential Preference Primaries on Super Tuesday, February 5th.

Voters of both political parties will select their preferences for President on February 5th. The Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Primaries for State and other Federal Offices will be held on Thursday, August 7th, 2008 in conjunction with the DeKalb County General Election.

Voters in both parties will nominate candidates for U. S Senate, U.S. House of Representatives (6th District), and State House of Representatives (40th District). Those positions are currently held by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman Bart Gordon, and State Representative Frank Buck. Winners of the August State Primaries will meet in the November 4th State General Election, in conjunction with the Presidential Election.

Early Voting for the August 7th, 2008 General Election and State Primaries will be July 18th through August 2nd, 2008.

Early Voting for the November 4th, 2008 Election will be October 15th through October 30th.

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