Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Petition activity has slowed to a trickle after a flurry during the early days of qualifying for the May 1 Republican primary.
In the past week, incumbent Wendy Noe has picked up a petition to seek another term for county commission. Scott P. Neal, incumbent constable in the 1st District, has also picked up a petition.
Carter S. Moore of Cocke County has turned in his petition to seek to fill the Circuit Court vacancy in the 4th Judicial District. The position was recently vacated by Judge Ben W. Hooper II, who retired. The winner of this election will serve out the remainder of the term that expires in 2022.
The qualifying deadline is Feb. 15. All countywide offices, except for property assessor, are to be filled in 2018, along with county commission and constable.
Thus far, all countywide incumbents have picked up petitions for reelection except for Road Superintendent James Renfro.
County Democrats will pick their nominees for the Aug. 2 general election by party caucus.