Tuesday is primary election day in DeKalb County

May 1, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Election Day is Tuesday, May 3 for the DeKalb County Democratic and Republican primaries.

Voting will take place in the county’s 12 precincts on Tuesday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. WJLE will have live election coverage and candidate interviews Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m.

For the 13 days of early voting combined (April 13-28), a total of 1,909 ballots were cast, including 1,815 in person and 94 by absentee. In the Republican primary, a total of 1,247 voted against 662 in the Democratic primary.

(See sample ballots at the links below)

Democrat Primary Ballot Sample

Republican primary vote sample

A total of eighteen candidates are running for the eight countywide public offices for election this year in DeKalb County and each party (Democrat and Republican) is holding its own primary on the same day, Tuesday. May 3, to nominate candidates to run in the August DeKalb County general election. Voters must choose which primary to vote in, either Democratic or Republican. Voters cannot vote in the two primaries on Tuesday, May 3.

Three Republican incumbents from the county are running unopposed in both the May 3 GOP primary and August 4 general election, including Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin, County Clerk James L “Jimmy” Poss and Administrator Sean Driver.

Outgoing Republican Roads Supervisor Danny Hale is running unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary, but will face Democrat Wayne Shehane in the August general election. Shehane is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for road supervisor on May 3.

In the race to succeed retired deeds registry holder Jeff McMillen, there are two candidates, Democrat Shelby Reeder and Republican Daniel Seber. The two run unopposed in their respective party’s primaries on May 3, but will run against each other in the August 4 general election.

Republican incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray faces opposition from Keneth Lee Whitehead in the May 3 GOP primary. The candidate will be unopposed in the August 4 general election.

Both-party primaries feature contested races for county mayor. Incumbent Tim Stribling faces opposition from Mike Foster in the May 3 Democratic primary, while Matt Adcock, Bradley Hendrix and Anita Puckett seek their party’s nomination for county mayor in the Republican primary in May 3. The winners of each May 3 Primary will compete in the August 4 general election.

There are also contested races in the two-party primaries for the Court of General Sessions judge.

Margie Rigsby Miller and Tecia Puckett Pryor are vying for their party’s nomination in the May 3 Democratic primary, while Mingy Kay Ball and Brandon Cox are vying for the Republican nomination in the May 3 GOP primary. The winners of the two primaries will face each other in the August 4 general election. The newly elected judge will succeed incumbent Bratten H. Cook, II, who will retire from the bench effective Aug. 31.

The term of each office is four years, with the exception of the Judge of General Sessions, whose term is eight years.

Twenty-nine candidates are vying for one of 14 county commission seats in 2022, including 9 Democrats, 17 Republicans and 3 independents.

The Democratic and Republican parties hold primaries on May 3 to select candidates (2 from each of the county’s 7 districts per primary) to run in the August 4 DeKalb County general election. Two commissioners from each district will be elected in August. Terms are four years each.

In District 1, incumbent Julie Young is running unopposed in the May 3 Democratic primary, while Bennett Armstrong and Tom Chandler are running unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary. Independent candidate Daniel Cripps will be on the ballot with Young, Armstrong and Chandler in the August general election. Two are to be elected in August.

In District 2, incumbent Myron Rhody is unopposed in the May 3 Democratic primary, while incumbents Sabrina Farler and Jim Pearson are unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary. All three will be on the ballot in the August general election. Two are to be elected in August.

In District 3, incumbents Susannah Cripps Daughtry and Jenny Trapp face opposition from Jack E. Barton, III in the May 3 Democratic primary (two Democratic candidates to be named) while Tim Perricone is unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary. Both Democratic and Republican candidates will be on the ballot in August along with independent candidate Tony Luna. Two are to be elected in August.

In District 4, incumbent Janice Fish Stewart is unopposed in the May 3 Democratic primary, while the May 3 Republican primary has three candidates, Tony L. “Cully” Culwell, Dan Delacruz and Greg Matthews (two candidates from GOP to be named). Both Democratic and Republican candidates will be on the ballot in August along with independent candidate Wayne Cantrell. Two are to be elected in August.

In District 5, there are no Democratic or independent candidates, but five people are running in the May 3 GOP primary, including incumbent Jerry Adcock, Larry L, Green, Joshua Holloway, Charles Glynn Merriman and Steve Randall Merriman, Sr. (two GOP candidates to be nominated) Candidates will be unopposed in the Aug. 4 general election.

In District 6, incumbents Jeff Barnes and Danny McGinnis are running unopposed in the May 3 Democratic primary. Two candidates are running unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary, including Justin Douglas Adcock and Doug Stephens. Both Democratic and Republican candidates will be on the ballot in August. Two are to be elected in August.

In District 7, incumbent Bruce Malone and Timothy Brian Reynolds are unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary. Democratic incumbent Beth Pafford is unopposed in the May 3 Democratic primary. Both Democratic and Republican candidates will be on the ballot in August. Two are to be elected in August.

There are two contested Board of Education races in 2022, but not before the August 4 DeKalb County general election.

Voters in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 will elect one school board member. Terms are 4 years.

There are no Democratic or Republican candidates for the District 1 school board, but incumbent Danny Parkerson is running unopposed as an independent for re-election in the Aug. 4 general election.

Incumbent school board member Alan Hayes is unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary in District 2 as well as the August general election.

Incumbent school board member Jim Beshearse in District 3 is unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary as well as the August 4 general election.

Three people are in the race in August to succeed outgoing school board member Kate Miller in District 4 who is not seeking re-election. Scott Little, in the May 3 Democratic primary, and Eric Ervin in the May 3 GOP primary, are not opposed, but they will be challenged by independent Tony Poss in the August 4 general election.

Incumbent District 7 School Board member Shaun Tubbs is running for re-election as an independent in the Aug. 4 general election. He will face opposition from Republican Ryan Mollinet who is unopposed in the May 3 GOP primary.

Seven positions in the 13th Judicial District of seven counties are up for filling in 2022 and a total of nine candidates are vying. All are eight-year terms.

The district is made up of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties.

The candidates for each position are:

Chancellor – 13th Judicial District
Ronald Thurman (incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP Primary) Unopposed

Circuit Court Judge Part I – 13th Judicial District:
William T. “Will” Ridley-Republican (May 3 GOP primary)
Amy Turnbull Hollars (incumbent) – Independent (August general election)

Circuit Court Judge Part II-13th Judicial District:
Caroline E. Knight-Republican (May 3 GOP primary)
Jonathan Young (incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP primary)

Criminal Court Judge, Part I, 13th Judicial District:
Gary S. McKenzie (incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP Primary) Unopposed

Criminal Court Judge, Part II, 13th Judicial District:
Wesley Bray (incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP primary) unopposed

Public defender 13th judicial district:
Craig P. Fickling, Jr. (Incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP Primary) Unopposed

District Attorney General 13th Judicial District:
Bryant C. Dunaway (incumbent) – Republican (May 3 GOP primary) Unopposed

Beginning with this election, those who have voted in the past at Dowelltown, Belk and Edgar Evins State Park will vote at different locations.

“I want to remind voters of some constituency changes. Those who voted at Edgar Evins State Park will now vote on Election Day at the Temperance Hall Community Center. Those who voted at the Dowelltown Community Center will now vote at the Liberty Community Center and those who voted at the Belk Community Center will vote on Election Day at the Keltonburg Community Center,” said Election Administrator Dennis Stanley.

To vote on Election Day, DeKalb County voters must bring valid photo identification to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee State Government, or Federal Government is acceptable even if it has expired. College ID cards are not acceptable. For more information on acceptable types of ID and other election details, visit GoVoteTN.gov.

Completed absentee ballots must be mailed back to the DeKalb County Election Commission. Ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day, Tuesday, May 3.

For more information on early voting or other election information, visit GoVoteTN.gov or contact the DeKalb County Election Commission at 615-597-4146.

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