By DALE GRAHAM
The deadline to file petitions in the August election has come and gone. The State and County General Elections, as well as the Pegram City election will be held on August 2nd, 2012.
Races and candidates to be chosen from in south Cheatham include:
• In Pegram the election will be for (1) Mayor and two (2) Alderman seats with all being elected to four (4) year terms. Former Mayor Charles Morehead and current Mayor Eugene Evans are running for Mayor. If Evans loses that bid, he will fill out the remainder of his original term as alderman, which runs through August of 2014. If Evans wins his bid for Mayor, someone will be appointed to fill his alderman term through 2014.
The seats of Bob Sanders, (who was appointed to fill the term of Carol Crook which expires in August 2012), and Rick Roark will also be on the ballot. 3 people are running for those 2 seats: incumbent aldermen
Bill Herbert and Bob Sanders, and George W. Hardin.
• Another race that has attracted several potential candidates is the 6th District School Board race. Candidates are: current Board Member Tammie Lavender; former Board Member Larry Turner; Brian Chase and; Deborah Buma.
• There are 2 candidates for County Roads Superintendent:
Kerry McCarver of Pleasant View, and Carl Cothern of Ashland City.
• The following seats will be in a primary for the August election, with the General Election being in November.
• US House of Representatives, 5th and 7th Congressional Dist.
• Current Representative Phillip Johnson’s will not seek re-election for TN House of Representatives 78th District, but several people would like to fill that seat: Gary Binkley (R), 6th District Commissioner John Haines (R), Donald Kemp (R), Mary Littleton (R), Kirk Low (R), Lynne Ray (R), 3rd District Commissioner John-Paul Wood, Jr. (R), Jane Crisp (D), Linda Hayes (D), Rick Wilson (I).
• Betty Gail Balthrop is unopposed Assessor of Property.
The last day to register to vote before the August 2nd election is July 3rd, 2012. Early voting will run from July 13th – July 28th. Election day is August 7th.
May 18th was the first day that petitions could be picked up for seats in the November election: including 3 seats on the Kingston Springs City Commission. Those seats currently are being filled by Mayor John McLeroy, Craig Kitch, and Pam Lorenz who is filling the term of the late Jim Schippers. To date 3 people have picked up applications to fill those seats: Tony Gross from Maple St.; Phillip Jackson from Avalon Dr., and; Glenn Remick from Anna Rebecca Ct. Those petitions have not yet been filed.
The last day to register to file a petition in the November Presidential election is August 16th, 2012. October 9th is the last day to register to vote. Election day is November 6th, 2012.
Leadership Cheatham County Invites Prospective Candidates to Meet & Greet
The Leadership Cheatham County Board of Trustees is inviting potential candidates and people interested in learning more about the local leadership program to a Meet and Greet event from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00p.m., June 14, at Vantage Point in Ashland City. Vantage Point is located at 1667 Highway 12 South in Ashland City.
“Our Meet and Greet event serves as an introduction of what Leadership Cheatham County is to prospective candidates who are interested to participate in our next annual class,” Debbie Martin, President of Leadership Cheatham County, said. “This is an informal event where we invite anyone who is interested to learn more about our local leadership program.”
Leadership Cheatham County has recently received its official 501(c)3 nonprofit status and is an independent, non-partisan organization focused on commitment, cooperation and participation in Cheatham County.
Graduation of the last class was held on May 14 and the Board of Trustees welcomed 12 new alumni to Leadership Cheatham County. Now the Board of Trustees is looking forward to getting to know new candidates.
“Enrollment in Leadership Cheatham County is competitive since we have limited space,” Martin said. “However, we keep the names of candidates and generally invite them in the following year to apply again.”