BLOUNTVILLE — It looks like another member of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s family is running for elected office.
A petition to run in the Republican party primary, seeking the GOP nomination for Sullivan County register of deeds, has been issued for Sheena Ramsey Tinsley.
Tinsley, daughter of Lt. Gov. Ramsey and wife Sindy, is an agent at her father’s real estate and auction business, according to the company’s website — and is listed as secretary of the Sullivan County Republican Party on that organization’s website.
Sullivan County Register of Deeds Bart Long, a Republican who wrested the office from a longtime Democratic incumbent — in a not-cheap election — four years ago, told the Times-News he will not seek re-election next August.
That clears the way for Tinsley and other would-be seekers of the $85,531 per year job.
As of the Sullivan County Election Commission’s last online update of petitions issued, Tinsley is the first to pick up paperwork to run for the GOP’s nomination in upcoming party primaries.
Revonda Wise has picked up paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination for Register of Deeds in that party’s primary.
Nov. 22 was the first day would-be candidates for county offices on the August 2014 ballot could pick up qualifying paperwork for the party primaries that pick nominees for that ballot.
Voters won’t go to the polls for those party primaries until May 6.
The filing deadline for hopefuls wanting to be on a primary ballot, however, is noon, Feb. 20.
While Long is not seeking re-election, two other of Sullivan County’s constitutional officeholders already are facing challenges from within their own party for re-election next year.
Mayor Steve Godsey already has filed the paperwork to again seek the Republican party’s nomination. His prior adversary, Mark Vance — a former county commissioner who ran against Godsey four years ago — has picked up the paperwork to run. Vance also picked up paperwork to run in the GOP primary for a county commission seat in District 2, where he served before running for mayor four years ago.
Sheriff Wayne Anderson has picked up paperwork to run for the Republican nomination to seek re-election. County Commissioner Ty Boomershine — a former employee of the sheriff’s office — also picked up to run against Anderson in the GOP primary.
John Taylor picked up to seek the Democratic party’s nomination to run for sheriff.
And Joe “Joey” Miller — a former major with 28 years of service at the sheriff’s office — has picked up to run for sheriff as an independent.
All 24 seats on the Sullivan County Commission are on the ballot next August.
The Republican party uses the May primary to select nominees.
The Democratic party does not primary the races for commission seats.
Anyone may run for county commission as an independent.
As of Wednesday, 12 of 24 incumbents had picked up to run again.
One, Commissioner Mark Bowery, has picked up to run in a different district (District 6) than the one he currently represents (District 11).
Newcomers who have picked up include: Alicia D. Starnes, for the Republican primary for one of two seats in District 8; and Paul F. Becker, for the Republican primary for one of two seats in District 9.