Secretary Hargett Launches 2022 Statewide Poll Worker Recruitment Campaign

January 27, 2022

On National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Secretary of State Tre Hargett launched a new statewide campaign, Be an Election Hero. Become a Poll Worker., to encourage Tennesseans to serve their community as poll workers for the 2022 election cycle.

“We cannot run elections in Tennessee without poll workers. They are the most fundamental piece of the process,” said Secretary Hargett. “That is why we are encouraging Tennesseans, especially young adults, to step up to serve their community as poll workers and be the next generation of election heroes for our great state.”

DeKalb County Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley agreed. “At the training classes I routinely tell our workers we could not have an election without them. They are the core of the voting process,” he said.

During early voting and on Election Day, poll workers help polling sites in their community run smoothly by conducting various tasks, including greeting voters, answering questions, explaining how to cast a ballot, and counting votes.

Poll workers are paid for working during early voting and on Election Day, as well as for attending required training sessions.

Most Tennesseans are eligible to work as poll workers, regardless of political affiliation. The minimum age to work as a poll worker is 16 years old. Anyone over 18 must be a registered voter in the county they are serving in.

Qualifications to Be a Tennessee Poll Worker:
•Be at least 16 years old
•Be a registered voter in the county if 18 or older
•Be able to read and write in the English language
•Not be a candidate or close relative of a candidate
•Not be supervised by a county or municipal elected worker on the ballot
Government Employees Who Can Serve as Poll Workers:
•All City, County and Metro employees (unless working directly under the supervision of an elected worker on the ballot)
•State of Tennessee employees
•Federal employees – consult your Human Resources Department to ensure eligibility

“It takes thousands of poll workers to help Tennessee’s 95 county election commissions run elections so that voters can confidently cast their ballot and know the election results are secure,” said Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

Established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, National Poll Worker Recruitment Day aims to raise awareness about the important role poll workers play in elections.

For the latest information about becoming a poll worker or upcoming Tennessee elections, follow the Secretary of State’s social media channels Twitter: @SecTreHargett, Facebook: Tennessee Secretary of State and Instagram: @tnsecofstate.

To step up to serve your community as a poll worker, apply now at or call the DeKalb County Election Office at 615-597-4146.

Candidate Update!

January 27, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Thirty one of the 61 petitions issued for the 2022 elections have been filed with the DeKalb County Election Commission, the first step in the process of persons becoming a qualified candidate.

Two persons have picked up petitions so far this week including Steve Randall Merriman, who plans to run in the Republican Primary for County Commissioner in the 5th district, and Wayne Cantrell who intends to be an Independent candidate in the August County General Election for County Commissioner in District 4.

The 31 candidates who have filed their qualifying petitions with the election commission to date are as follows:

Democratic Primary May 3:
Register of Deeds– Shelby D. Reeder
Road Supervisor-Wayne Shehane
County Commissioner, District 3– Jack E. Barton, III
County Commissioner, District 6– Jeffery K. “Jeff” Barnes (Incumbent) and Danny L. McGinnis

Republican Primary May 3:
County Mayor– Matthew N. “Matt” Adcock and Anita T. Puckett
Sheriff-Patrick R. Ray (Incumbent) and Keneth Lee Whitehead
General Sessions Court Judge-Mingy Kay Ball and Brandon Cox
Register of Deeds– Daniel A. Seber
Road Supervisor-Danny Lynn Hale (Incumbent) and Shane Walker
County Clerk- James L. “Jimmy” Poss (Incumbent)
Circuit Court Clerk– Susan L. Martin (Incumbent)
Trustee-Sean D. Driver (Incumbent)
County Commissioner, District 1– Thomas E. “Tom” Chandler
County Commissioner, District 4– Greg Matthews
County Commissioner, District 5– Larry L. Green and Joshua E. Holloway
County Commissioner, District 6- Justin Douglas Adcock
County Commissioner, District 7– Boyd Bruce Malone, (Incumbent)

The Election Commission has also received the proper duplicate petitions from the following candidates in the 13th judicial district (multi-county races)

Republican Primary –May 3:
Chancellor- 13th Judicial District- Ronald Thurman (Incumbent)
Circuit Court Judge Part II- 13th Judicial District-Jonathan Young (Incumbent)
Circuit Court Judge Part I- 13th Judicial District -William T. “Will” Ridley
Criminal Court Judge Part II 13th Judicial District-Wesley Bray (Incumbent)
Public Defender13th Judicial District- Craig P. Fickling, Jr. (Incumbent)
Criminal Court Judge Part I 13th Judicial District- Gary S. McKenzie (Incumbent)
District Attorney General 13th Judicial District- Bryant C. Dunaway (Incumbent)

August General Election
Circuit Court Judge Part 1 13th Judicial District- Amy Turnbull Hollars (Incumbent) to run as an Independent candidate

The other 30 petition holders have until February 17 to file those petitions and become a qualified candidate for the 2022 elections

DCHS Freshman Registration Parent Nights are Monday & Tuesday

January 27, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

DCHS Freshman Registration Parent Night will be held, Monday, January 31, 2022 from 5:30PM-6:30PM and Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 5:30PM-6:30PM in the DCHS cafeteria. It is very important that every student and parent or guardian attend. Students and parents will also choose the courses that their student will take in high school their 9th grade year. Students are divided by homerooms. If you cannot attend on your scheduled night, please attend on the other night. If you cannot attend either night, please contact DCHS School Counselor Shelly Painter at or 615-597-2247. Monday, January 31, 2022 – The homerooms of Hendrix, H. Poteete, J. Poteete, Odom, Bratton, & France will meet. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – The homerooms of Brown, Jacobs, Jones, Agee, and Leslie will meet.

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