Civics 101: Upcoming primaries include some local offices

J. H. Osborne • Dec 9, 2019 at 3:12 PM

The deadline for candidates to file to run for party nominations for some Sullivan County offices is noon Thursday. Party primaries for those offices will be held March 3, 2020 — the same day as U.S. presidential primaries.

Local offices on the ballot that day include: assessor of property; public defender (to fill an unexpired term); county commission District 11 (to fill an unexpired term); and all 24 constable positions.

As of Friday afternoon, Andrew Jackson Gibbons had filed to run for the GOP nomination for public defender; incumbent Donna K. Whitaker had filed to run for the GOP nomination for property assessor; and two hopefuls (Charles D. Honaker Jr. and Tracey Michelle Edwards) had picked up petitions to seek the GOP nomination for the District 11 county commission seat.

The county offices for which a primary is held is determined by the Sullivan County Republican and Democratic Party.

The Sullivan County Democratic Party is the only party to hold a primary for the office of constable.

As of Friday, 30 people had picked up paperwork (some of whom had filed completed petitions) to run as independents for constable.

The winners in the March 3 primaries for local offices will advance to the county general election ballot on Aug. 6, 2020, which also includes election of four seats on the Sullivan County Board of Education. School board elections are nonpartisan.

Aug. 6 is also the date of party primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Tennessee Senate, and Tennessee House seats. Petitions for those races will be issued beginning Feb. 2, 2020, and with a qualifying deadline of noon, April 2, 2020.