Early Voting Information
Early voting begins July 15 for the Aug. 4 Sumner County general election as well as for the federal and state primaries.
County offices on the ballot include Assessor of Property, General Sessions Judge Division III, Register of Deeds, and School Board members in districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
State and federal primaries include those vying for office in the U.S. House of Representatives 6th Congressional District, state Senate District 18, state House of Representatives for Districts 40, 44 and 45, and State Democratic Executive Committee Woman in Senate District 18.
Sumner County General Election
In the assessor’s race, incumbent and Republican nominee John Isbell faces Democratic candidate Allen James Goyne and Independent candidate Steve Graves. Isbell, who is seeking his fourth term, defeated Alan Driver in the March 1 Republican primary.
In the Register of Deeds race, Cindy Briley, who was appointed to the office following the sudden death of Pam Whitaker in October, is running against independent candidate Roxanne McDougal-Barron. Briley defeated three candidates in the March 1 primary to become the Republican nominee. The winner of the August election will finish the remaining two years of Whitaker's term that began in 2014.
The only other contested race on the Sumner County General Election ballot is that of school board member in Gallatin’s District 6. In that race, incumbent Nancy Glover faces Rachel Souliere and Jim Hawkins.
Those running on the Aug. 4 county general election ballot unopposed are Mike Carter, the Republican nominee for General Sessions Judge, and School Board candidates Tim Brewer, (District 2), Sarah Andrews (District 4), Glen Gregory (District 6) and Ted Wise (District 8). Andrews, who is seeking the seat held by School Board Chairman Beth Cox, is the only unopposed candidate who is not an incumbent. Instead of running for school board, Cox is seeking the 45th State House District seat currently held by Rep. Courtney Rogers.
State House, Senate primaries
Cox and Rogers are running in one of two contested races in the Republican primary. In the other contested race, Joe Carr, Tommy N. Hay and Donald Strong are running to unseat incumbent Diane Black in the 6th U.S. Congressional District. David W. Kent and Flo Matheson are seeking the Democratic nod for that seat.
Incumbents Ferrell Haile (18th Senate District), Terry Lynn Weaver (40th House District) and William Lamberth (44th House District) are running unopposed in the Republican primary.
In the Democratic primary, Gayla Colvert Hendrix and Teresa Marion are facing off in the 40th House District while both Lloyd Dunn (44th House District) and Bonnie Fussell (State Executive Committeewoman-18th Senate District) are running unopposed.
The general election is Nov. 8.
WHAT TO KNOW
Early voting for the Aug. 4 county general election, along with the state and federal primaries, runs July 15-30 and will be held at the Sumner County Administration Building in Gallatin, 355 N. Belvedere Drive. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays July 16, 23 and 30. Voters must present a state of Tennessee or federally issued photo ID. For more information go to votesumner.org.
Article Courtesy of The Tennessean by Tena Lee. Reach Tena Lee at 615-575-7116. Follow her on Twitter @tenalee1.