Early voting for the County Primaries begins on April 11! Early voting is open to any registered voter in the county. Any registered voter may vote at any one of the six (6) early voting sites within the county regardless of their Election Day precinct. Early voting is open April 11 to 26. Election Day is May 1.
Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the County Primaries.
County Offices on May 1 Republican Primary Ballot
– County Mayor – contested primary, winner will be elected mayor – County Commission (Districts 1-12) – contested primary for Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; all candidates from Districts 1, 2, 4 will advance to the August general election – County Trustee – unchallenged seat, Karen Paris will remain County Trustee – Sheriff – unchallenged seat, Jeff Long will remain Sheriff – Circuit Court Clerk – unchallenged seat, Debbie McMillan Barrett will remain Circuit Court Clerk – Juvenile Court Clerk – contested primary, winner will be elected Juvenile Court Clerk – County Clerk – contested primary, winner will be elected County Clerk – Register of Deeds – contested primary, winner will be elected Register of Deeds
County Offices on May 1 Democratic Primary Ballot – County Commission (Districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11) – all candidates will advance to the August general election. (Note that there are no qualified candidates for any county office on the Democratic ballot for Districts 3, 9, or 12.)
“The Williamson County Board of Commissioners, also known as the County Commission, is the legislative body of the county government and as such it is the primary policy-making body in the county. The County Commission consists of 24 elected members, two from each of the 12 voting districts of Williamson County, who serve a four-year term of office.” All 24 seats are up for election, and 50 candidates are vying for those seats. One of the major roles of the County Commission is to approve and fund the county’s budget, the majority of which is for Williamson County Schools.
Still not sure what County Commissioners do? Check out this neat, easy-to-understand video by Sumner County Commission candidate, Michele Harbin. You can substitute Williamson for Sumner; we even have the same number of districts.
Search here for your County Commission District. Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 9, you will see four candidates on the Republican ballot and none if you choose a Democratic ballot. You will vote for two.
For more information on the candidates, click here and scroll down to the Williamson County offices.
All of the incumbents are running for re-election except: District 4 – Kathy Danner District 6 – Jeff Ford (running for Charles Sargent’s seat in the State House) District 7 – Bobby Hullett (running for Charles Sargent’s seat in the State House) District 8 – Jack Walton District 9 – Sherri Clark
The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August 2 general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission.
Be informed, be engaged, and VOTE!