Rhea County election

Voters cast their ballots at the Rhea County Election Commission during the early voting period.

Early voting for the upcoming May 3 election ended on Thursday, with 2,881 ballots cast during the early voting period, according to county elected officials.

Early voting was held at the Rhea County Election Commission and the old Spring City Municipal Building, and election officials said that 485 ballots were cast at the Spring City location, while 3,96 were cast at the election commission in downtown Dayton. Election officials said that no voting will take place at the election commission on Tuesday and that voters will need to report to their district voting location to cast their ballot.

During the early voting period, election officials said that 78 voters opted to vote in the Democratic Primary and 2,803 opted to vote in the Republican Primary.

On Tuesday, voters will be able to select whether they would like to vote in the Democratic Primary or Republican Primary. In the Democratic Primary, incumbent Rhea County Clerk Linda Shaver is the sole candidate that will appear on the ballot.

In the Republican Primary, several candidates are vying to represent the GOP in the general election alter this year. Bradley Sherman is running unopposed for circuit court judge, part one; while John “Cam” Cameron and Andrew S. Cunnyngham will be vying for the Republican nomination for circuit court judge, part two. Justin Angel is running unopposed in the primary for circuit court judge, part three.

Republican candidate for District 12 chancellor Missy Thomas Willis is running unopposed in the primary, while Courtney Lynch is also running unopposed for the GOP nomination for district attorney general. Ted Engel is running unopposed in the Republican primary for public defender, while incumbent Rhea County Trustee Neva Webb is also running unopposed in the GOP primary.

In the race for the Republican nomination for general sessions judge, incumbent Rhea County General Sessions Judge Shannon Garrison faces two challengers, Jace Cochran and David Shinn. The race for the Republican nomination for sheriff is also contested with incumbent Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal facing challenger Cary Taylor.

Rhea County Circuit Court Clerk Jamie Holloway is running unopposed in the primary, as is incumbent Rhea County Register of Deeds Teresa Hulgan.

The Republican Party is also holding primaries for seats on the Rhea County School Board. Incumbent school board members John Mincy, Perry Massengill and Henry Reid are running unopposed in their primaries, while Jane Scott Graham is running unopposed in the GOP primary for the District 5 seat. Incumbent District 7 Rhea County School Board Member Dale Harris will be facing challenger Dennis (Punkin) Akin in the GOP primary.

Candidates running as independents in the general election later this year, will not appear on the upcoming May 3 primary ballot but will appear on the general election ballot during the Aug. 4 election.

For more information, contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-7816.

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