Aug. 6 ballot features contested races

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General elections for chancellor, county commission, and local school board positions, as well as Republican and Democratic primaries for U.S. and state legislative seats, are coming up on August 6, and the ballot here in Carroll County features a number of contested races.

In local elections, Barry Mac Murphy is running against Michael Tate for the position of District 8 County Commissioner. Murphy currently holds that seat after being appointed to fill the vacancy left by former commissioner Jeff Carter, who moved out of the district.

Three newcomers are vying for two available seats on the Huntingdon Board of Education, since current board members Paul Stokes and Jerry Morris are not seeking re-election.

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Four candidates are running for three spots on the McKenzie Board of Education. Incumbent Jan Lattimer is seeking re-election, and newcomers Misty Aird, Chad Brown, and Karen T. Fowler are also running. Current board members John Austin and Lance Rider are not seeking re-election. The seat left vacant by the resignation of former board member Norman French will be filled by appointment after the election.

Newcomer David “Coach” Thomas is challenging board chairman Brad Hurley for the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Board of Education District 16 spot.

There are three spots opening up on the South Carroll Board of Education, but only two people – incumbent chairman Corey Bartholomew and newcomer Nick Cobb – have qualified to get on the ballot.

Incumbent West Carroll Board of Education member Misty Mitchell is defending her seat against newcomer Ryanne Kimanee Pearson for the Old Trezevant District.

Republican candidate Vicki Hodge Hoover and independent candidate Benjamin S. Harmon are vying for the position of 24th Judicial District Chancellor, which was left vacant after the resignation of Jennifer King.

In the Republican primary, Bill Hargerty and Manny Sethi are the leading contenders among 15 candidates running for the seat of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, who is retiring.

Incumbent State Senator John D. Stevens is defending against challenger Casey L. Hood for the District 24 seat.

District 76 State Rep. Andy Holt is not seeking re-election, and Tandy Darby, Dennis J. Doster, David Hawks, John McMahan, and Keith Priestley are all competing for that position.

District 79 State Rep. Curtis Halford is defending against newcomer Christine Washington.

In the Democratic primary, Marquita Bradshaw, Gary G. Davis, Robin Kimbrough, James Mackler, and Mark Pickrell are seeking their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, and Erika Stotts Pearson, Lawrence A. Pivnick, Hollis W. Skinner, and Savannah Williamson are contending for the District 6 U.S. House nomination.

Early voting for the Aug. 6 election ends Saturday at noon.For a complete copy of the Aug. 6 ballot, see page 8A of this edition.