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January 17, 2018

Candidates continue picking up petitions


Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Sheriff James Harville is the latest incumbent to take out a petition to run for reelection in the May 1 county Republican primary.

The only current countywide officeholder who has not picked up a petition is Road Superintendent James Renfro.

Others who took out petitions in the past week were incumbent county commissioners Scott Wynn and Darell (Dee) Stratton in the 1st District, Rodney Joe Overbay in the 2nd District and Andy Cameron in the 3rd District. County Detective Capt. Leon Spoone also obtained a petition for 3rd District county commissioner.

Truman Coffey, who took out a petition earlier for constable, was incorrectly listed on the election commission’s website as a candidate for the 5th District. He is running in the 2nd District, said Administrator of Elections Gina Hipsher.

Qualifying began Nov. 17 and continues until Feb. 15. All countywide offices except property assessor, plus county commission and constable are on the primary ballot.

There is also a primary to fill a circuit court vacancy in the 4th Judicial District. Longtime Judge Ben W. Hooper II retired recently.

County Democrats will select their nominees later in a party caucus.

Qualifying for the Aug. 2 state primary starts Jan. 5. The offices of governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and State House of Representatives will be on the ballot.

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