Political party switch

Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal, Rhea County Trustee Neva Webb and Rhea County Circuit Court Clerk Jamie Holloway are pictured above with officials and members from the Rhea County Republican Party.

Some top local elected officials announced on Tuesday, Dec. 28, that they are switching parties from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.

Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal, Rhea County Trustee Neva Webb and Rhea County Circuit Court Clerk Jamie Holloway joined members of the local Republican Party at the Phil Swafford Building to announce the switch.

Local Republican party officials said that the move will have to be approved by not only the local party but the state Republican Party as well. Once the approval is finalized, Neal, Webb and Holloway will be able to submit qualifying petitions to run in the Republican primary and run as a Republican in the county general election.

Rhea County will soon be gearing up a big election year in 2022, which includes local, state and federal elections.

On May 3, 2022, Rhea County voters will head to the polls to vote in a variety of primary elections that include primary elections for circuit court judge, chancellor, district attorney, public defender, county trustee, general sessions judge, sheriff, circuit court clerk, county clerk and register of deeds.

Candidates for each of those positions were able to pick up a qualifying petition from the Rhea County Election Commission last week on Dec. 20. Candidates must returns their qualifying petition with valid signatures to the election commission by noon on Feb. 24, 2022. Early voting for the May 3 primary begins April 13 and ends April 28.

On Aug. 4, those who ran in the primary will be up for general election. Also on Aug. 4, Rhea County voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for Rhea County School Board, Rhea County Commission and the Spring City Commission.

Candidates for the school board, Rhea County Commission and Spring City Commission can pick up a qualifying petition on Feb. 7, 2022, and it must be returned to the Rhea County Election Commission by noon on April 7, 2022. Early voting for the Aug. 4 election begins on July 15 and ends on July 30.

The final election of 2022 takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots for governor, U.S. House of Representatives and the Tennessee House of Representatives. Early voting for the November election begins on Oct. 19 and ends on Nov. 3

For more information on elections or registering to vote, visit www.rheavote.com or contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-6111.