Will same-sex marriage come to Tennessee this year?
- No (61%, 25 Votes)
- Yes (39%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 41
By BRIAN JUSTICE
The deadline has passed, and the candidate field has been decided for the upcoming Aug. 2 municipal and state elections.
Tullahomans running for Aldermen are incumbent Jimmy Blanks, challenger John Riley and former Alderman Sandy Lindeman.
Former Aldermen C. Scott Shasteen and newcomer Andy Bobo had picked up petitions but not returned them to qualify.
Incumbent Alderman Greg Sandlin opted not to seek re-election.
Incumbent Tullahoma school board members Vickie Shelton and Pat Welsh have filed as has newcomer Kim C. Uselton.
With three open positions, those candidates will have no opposition on the Aug. 2 ballot.
Duane Graddy had picked up a petition but had not submitted it to qualify.
Incumbent Daryl Welch opted not to run again for his position.
Manchester Mayor Betty Superstein will be challenged by former Mayor Lonnie Norman, Claude Morse and Stella McWorter.
Ryan French had picked up a petition but did not submit it to qualify for the position.
Instead, French had picked up a Manchester alderman petition and filed it to qualify to be on that ballot as have Donnie Thomas, Harlan Gene Holmes, J. Sam Miller, Mark Messick, Tim Pauley, Cheryl Swan, Roxanne Patton, Russell Bryan and Joshua Jackson Moore.
Warren G. Walker, Tony L. Buchanan and Chris Robison had picked up petitions but not returned them to qualify for Manchester alderman.
Running for Manchester City School Board are Susan Parsley, Bob Bellamy and Mike Lewis
For Coffee County School Board, Esther Sims is the only candidate running for Seat 7, which represents Districts 19, 20 and 21.
In the Seat 5 election, which represents Districts 13, 14 and 16, Shannon Duncan and Kathy Norton are running for the position.
Regarding Seat 2, which represents Districts 4, 8 and 9, Freda Jones and Marshall Gilliam are the candidates.
With Seat 1, which represents districts 1, 2, and 3, Gary Nestor is the sole candidate. Incumbent Janet Galyen opted not to seek re-election.
Coffee County has commission races for District 4 and District 14 to respectively fill the un-expired terms of Ted Frisby and Paul Hogan. Both passed away while in office.
Democrat Anne Frisby, wife of Mr. Frisby, will be challenged by Republican Steve Mai on Aug. 2.
In District 14, Democrat Keith Thacker is unchallenged on the Aug. 2 ballot.
Jimmy White, assessor of property, is not challenged.
For District 16 state senator, Republicans Janice Bowling, Eric Chance, Rod McClellan, Ron Stolzfus have all returned positions as have Democrats Jeff Bottoms, Jim Lewis, Steve Roller, Kevin Lawrence, John Hargis and Justin Walling.
In the State House District 47, incumbent Republican Judd Matheny will be challenged by Democrat Scott Price.
In national races for U.S. House, Coffee County voters will be deciding on the District 6 seat, held by Republican Diane Black. She is being challenged by Republican Lou Ann Zelenick and Independent Robert (Scott) Beasley.
Voters in the Franklin County part of Tullahoma will be voting on the District 6 House seat, held by Republican Scott DesJarlais. He is being challenged by Democrat Eric Stewart and Republican Shannon Kelley.
U.S. Senate candidates from Tennessee are incumbent Republican Bob Corker, and Republicans Fred Anderson, Mark Twain Clemens, Brenda S. Lenard and Zach Poskevich.
The Democrat candidates are Mark Clayton, Larry Crim, Gary Davis, Dave Hancock, Ashley King, Park Overall, T.K. Owens and Benjamin Roberts
Independent candidates are Shaun E. Crowell, David Gatchell, Michel Long, Troy Stephen Scoggin and James Higdon