|Elections set for next year in Cocke County|
The Cocke County Election Commission met on Monday, and was told the Republican and Democratic parties have called for a County Primary on May 1, 2018 for the offices of County Mayor, Trustee, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, Sessions Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Superintendent of Roads. Cocke County Administrator of Elections Josh Blanchard said nominating petitions for these offices will be available beginning November 17, and will be due at 12 Noon February 15, 2018. The qualifying dates are the same regardless if qualifying for the May primary ballot or as an independent candidate for the August, 2018 general election ballot. Even though the qualifying period is months away, any person planning to run for office may go ahead and appoint a political treasurer with the election commission office in order to raise or spend money for a campaign. Other elections in 2018 will include all fourteen County Commissioner seats, Road Commissioners in each district, Constables, and four county School Board seats in Districts 1, 2, 4, and 6. Those offices will be independent-only and will appear on the August, 2018 ballot. Petitions for County Commissioner, Road Commissioner, Constable, and the four School Board seats will be available beginning January 5, 2018, and will be due at 12 Noon on April 5, 2018. The offices of State House District 11, State Senate District 1, along with Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House will all be in a primary on August 2, 2018, with a qualifying period of January 5, through 12 Noon on April 5, 2018. The qualifying period and election dates for Circuit Court Judge Part 1 District 4, four-year unexpired term, will be announced at a later date, following the announcement that Circuit Court Judge Ben W. Hooper II will retire on August 31. The governor will appoint an interim successor upon recommendation of the Trial Court Vacancy Commission. Circuit Court Judge appointment applications are available at www.TNCourts.gov. The unexpired term will then be on the ballot in August, 2018. Whether or not the position will appear on the May primary ballots will depend upon the political parties at the state and conference levels. The first day to pick up petitions for City of Newport and Parrottsville Municipal Elections will be May 18, 2018, with a deadline of 12 Noon on August 16, 2018. Newport Mayor, five Alderman positions, and two city School Board seats will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot, along with the Federal and State Mid-Term general elections. Parrottsville will also choose three Council Members in its municipal election in November 2018. The Secretary of State’s office has delayed online voter registration until September 1, 2017, at the latest. Residents may still register to vote in person at the Election Commission office in the Courthouse Annex, as well as get more information about next year’s elections from Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.