Almost every major office in county government is on the ballot for the county’s general election.
In all, eight of Sullivan County’s 24 county commissioners chose not to seek reelection. And in the GOP primary on Tuesday, seven more lost and won’t advance to the county general election in August. Courthouse observers are speculating there’s a connection to the $140 million bond issue for school projects.
Multiple commissioners lose reelection bids at primary level.
One-term Sullivan County Highway Commissioner Jim Belgeri lost his reelection bid Tuesday to Scott Murray, a 37-year employee of the county’s highway department. And Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson bested two challengers to win the GOP nomination.
Several winners in the Republican Party primary on Tuesday will not have opposition in August: county trustee, circuit court clerk; commissioner of highways; county commission District 3; county commission District 9; and county commissioner District 10 will all be decided by voters Tuesday.
Almost every major office in county government is on the ballot for the county’s general election in August. Several races, however, will be decided in the Republican Party Primary because there are no Democrats or independents seeking those offices.
Almost every elected county office will be on the ballot for the county general election in August. But the primaries going on now will decide who is on the ballot in August.
Early voting for county elections continues in Blountville, Kingsport and Bristol, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Thursday, April 26.
Candidate for Sullivan County trustee Susan Arnold Ramsey mailed a letter to participants in the state’s property tax relief program for the elderly, disabled and veterans — and some who got the letter voiced concerns and had questions.
Four people are on the Republican Party primary ballot. The winner will face the lone Democratic Party primary candidate in the county general election in August.
Early voting for the May 1 party primaries begins today at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and the National Guard Armory in Bristol. Early voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Scott Murray’s campaign reported nearly $6,900 in itemized contributions during the period: including contributions from more than a dozen Sullivan County Highway Department employees or retirees — and Sullivan County Commissioners Eddie Williams and Darlene Calton.
Sullivan County voters will elect a sheriff in the county general election in August, but first they will will narrow the field of candidates in the Republican Party primary on May 1.
Hurd’s campaign filed a financial disclosure on April 10, the deadline for first quarter reports. But it reported a negative balance on hand and listed a loan — but in the wrong place and required corrections, according to public documents on file at the Sullivan County Election Commission.
Longtime Sullivan County Trustee Frances Harrell is not seeking another four-year term. Five people are seeking the GOP nomination in the party primary. As there are no Democrats or independent candidates seeking the job, the winner of the primary is a shoo-in for victory in August’s general election.