New names to appear on ballot for local, state elections

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The voter registration deadline for local and state elections in August is July 7. 

Williamson Countians will have a lot to choose from come local and state elections in August. 

The period for prospective state legislators, school board members and a couple city court positions to file their petitions ended Thursday afternoon, and a nearly even mix of incumbents and challengers comprise the final list. 

Beginning at the state level, Republican incumbents District 61 state Rep. Brandon Ogles, District 63 state Rep. Glen Casada and District 65 state Rep. Sam Whitson will all seek re-election this year, but all three have contenders from other parties running for their seats. 

Democratic candidates Sam Bledsoe, Elizabeth Madeira and Jennifer Foley will run to represent Districts 61, 63 and 65, respectively, and current Williamson County Schools Board of Education member for District 4 Brad Fiscus will run as an independent candidate for state District 63. 

As of Thursday, April 9, Fiscus and Madeira have launched campaign websites, listing their positions on various issues and their backgrounds.

Freshman representative OglesCasada (fourth term) and Whitson (second term) all have personal sites for their political offices. All three representatives have presented positions on key issues on their personal sites, and additional information can be found on the Tennessee General Assembly site

In addition to state representatives, Williamson County residents in odd-numbered county districts will vote for a school board member. 

For districts 1, 7, 9 and 11, this decision is made easier by the fact that the only options will be the incumbents and write-ins. Angela Durham, Sheila Cleveland, Rick Wimberly and KC Haugh are running unopposed for re-election. Durham and Haugh, both first elected in 2016, will seek their second terms on the school board. 

Cleveland, who has represented District 9 since 2017, was originally appointed to fill a vacant seat after former school board member Bobby Hullett was appointed to serve on the Williamson County Board of Commissioners. She will seek her first official election in August. Like Cleveland, Wimberly was also originally appointed to the position before he ran unopposed in 2012. 

Residents in District 3 will choose between first-term school board member and former Spring Hill Alderman Eliot Mitchell and challenger Jennifer Moss, and those in District 5 have three new options. 

Current District 5 board member and chairman Gary Anderson surprised the community on Wednesday, the day before the filing deadline, by announcing his plans to retire at the end of his term following a 30-year tenure on the board. 

"I have willingly dedicated many years of service to what I feel passionate about, the education of our children, and my walking away from that will be difficult for me,” Anderson said. “But I also now want to dedicate more of my time to be with my family and give others an opportunity to help to continue to lead WCS into the next generation." 

Jennifer Aprea, Margie Johnson and Brian Snyder have all put their names in for Anderson’s position.

Finally, on the city level, three members of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education with expiring terms will seek re-election unopposed: Alicia Barker, Kevin Townsel and vice chair Robert Blair

Two will vie for the position of city judge in Fairview — incumbent Shannon Crutcher and Shawn Sirgo — and current Fairview City Court Clerk Gina Mangrum will seek re-election uncontested. 

Voter registration for this election ends on July 7, and early voting begins just over a week later on July 17, ending on Aug. 1. Election day is Thursday, Aug. 6. For more information, visit williamsonvotes.net.

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