An opinion issued Jan. 25 by the Tennessee Attorney General's office has caused several deputy sheriffs in Northeast Tennessee counties to drop out of the May 4 primary election for county commission seats, and it could affect Greene County races.

In addition, an advisory opinion by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which administers the federal Hatch Act, appears to extend the reach of that law to other county employees who are running for the county commission, or plan to do so.

One Greene County candidate who had turned in his qualifying petition earlier to run for constable, Sonny Stanton, withdrew it on Thursday, effectively dropping out of the election.

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