The deadline to petition to run for district or countywide office in Williamson County came at noon Feb. 17 with a rush of last-minute candidates gaining ballot spots to vie for county school board, county commissioner and mayor seats in the final days.
As of noon Feb. 17, 20 candidates had filed petitions to run for Williamson County school board, eight of them since Feb. 14, according to a final tally provided by the Williamson County Election Commission. Six board seats are up for election on the ballot.
Incumbents who are running for another school board term are Dan Cash of District 2, Josh Brown of District 4, Jay Galbreath of District 6, Eric Welch of District 10 and Nancy Garrett of District 12.
A total of 48 candidates have filed to run for the Williamson Board of Commissioners' 24 available seats, including 18 incumbents.
In four Board of Commissioner races—in districts 1, 5, 10 and 12—there are five candidates each vying for two available seats, according to the list.
In the race for the Franklin Special School District board, three independent incumbents filed petitions for re-election in the last week—Allena Bell, Robin Newman and Timothy Stillman. Board hopeful Laura Stendel, a Democrat, filed her petition Feb. 17.
On Feb. 17, Stephen E. Done, an independent candidate, filed his petition to run for county mayor, making him the sole challenger filing to unseat incumbent Mayor Rogers C. Anderson, a Republican.
For the office of county clerk, Jeff Whidby, a Republican, is being challenged by retiring state Rep. Glen Casada, a Republican, and two Democrats, Andrew D. Becker and Deborah C. Sparks.
In the 21st Judicial District circuit court judge races, current judges Deanna Johnson, Michael W. Binkley and Joseph "Woody" Woodruff will run in the Republican primary, while two other Republican judicial hopefuls, Shane K. McNeill and Deana C. Hood, are running for judgeships.
District Attorney Kim R. Helper and Public Defender Greg Burlison are both running for re-election uncontested. Both are Republicans.
The Republican and Democratic primaries for county primary will be May 3.
The voting registration deadline for the May 3 county primary elections is April 4, and the early voting period is April 13-28.
State and federal offices on the Aug. 4 primary ballot and Nov. 8 general election ballot are the U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District; Tennessee Senate, District 23; Tennessee House of Representatives, Districts 61, 63 and 65; and the State Executive Committee, District 23.
For more information, visit the election website at www.williamsonvotes.net or call the election commission office at 615-790-5711.
Williamson County candidate filing deadline Feb. 17 sets field for 2022 contests
The petition filing deadline for Williamson County elections was noon Feb. 17, setting the field for the area's 2022 primaries and elections. (Courtesy Unsplash)