July 8 registration deadline for state primary and school board election


Williamson County citizens have through Tuesday to register to vote in the state Republican primary, county general and local school board election on Aug. 7.

Williamson County citizens have through Tuesday to register to vote in the state Republican primary, county general and local school board election on Aug. 7.

Registration can be done through the Williamson County Election Commission.

The early voting period begins Friday, July 18, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 2.

Sen. Jack Johnson runs unchallenged in the state Republican primary, though he faces Green Party newcomer Amy Balderrama on the state general election ballot on Nov. 4.

General Assembly candidates running in the state Republican primary are Steve Gawrys and incumbent Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) in District 61, incumbent Glen Casada (R-Franklin) and challenger Cherie Hammond in District 63, and District 65 incumbent Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin), who runs unopposed in the state primary.

Durham will face Democratic challenger Bill Peach in the state general election in November.

Only even-numbered district seats are open this year on the board of education.

School board candidates are Daniel Cash, Melody Morris and Patsy Writesman in District 2, Paul Bartholomew in District 4 and Jay Galbreath in District 6.

Incumbent Pat Anderson is challenged by Candace Emerson in District 8, incumbent Eric Welch faces Beth Burgos in District 10, and Susan Curlee challenges incumbent Vicki Vogt in District 12.

Sitting board members Janice Mills in District 2, Tim McLaughlin in District 4 and Cherie Hammond in District 6 have chosen not to seek re-election on the school board.

Williamson County Commission candidates in several districts will appear on the August ballot as well. They are Victoria Jackson (Independent) in District 2, who challenges GOP incumbents Judy Lynch Herbert and Betsy Hester.

Independent candidate Eliot Mitchell, who presently serves as city mayor of Spring Hill, challenges GOP newcomers David Pair and Matt Milligan in District 3.

Karen Emerson-McPeak, District 5, faces GOP incumbents Lew Green and Tommy Little.

In District 11, incumbent Brian Beathard is up for re-election in August, but he is uncontested, because GOP incumbent Brandon Ryan is the only other candidate vying for one of the two commissioner seats in the district.

BrentWord Communications is hosting public forums and debates for both the State House and school board candidates in the month of July.

The State House debate will be held Thursday, July 17, at 6 p.m. in the Williamson County Administrative Complex auditorium, with former Williamson A.M. editor Mark Cook as moderator. Five of the six local State House candidates have confirmed attendance; Steve Gawrys is unable to participate.

A school board candidate forum is scheduled for Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. in the Williamson County Administrative Complex auditorium, moderated by former State Rep. Mike Williams.

Thus far, Morris, Writesman, Galbreath, Burgos and Welch have confirmed they will participate.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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