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Heavy election year ahead in 2018

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm


Elena Cawley


After a light year at the ballot box in 2017, voters next year can expect a crowded field of candidates vying for a multitude of positions.

“The only election we had in 2017 was the Tullahoma city election,” said Vernita Davis, administrator of elections in Coffee County.

“Tullahoma city has an election every year, and Manchester city chooses to have one election every two years.”

However, on the ballot in 2018 will be candidates to fill elected positions in Coffee County, Tullahoma and Manchester, as well as in state and federal seats.


May 1 primary

The Coffee County Primary is the first race in 2018, with the election set for May 1.

General election candidates for their respective political parties will be decided on the May 1 primary. These include primaries for county mayor, county commissioners from all 21 districts, county trustee, Coffee County sheriff, circuit court clerk county clerk, register of deeds, road superintendent, road commissioners and constables.

Officials who serve in particular districts in the county, such as county commissioners, road commissioners and constables, are elected by voters who live in those districts.

Deadline for voter registration for the May 1 primary is April 2.

Aug. 2, 2018 primary and election

State and federal primaries, the county general election, and Manchester and Tullahoma municipal elections will be held on Aug. 2, 2018.

Democratic and Republican primaries will be held for the following offices on that date: governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives for the 6th Congressional District, the Tennessee House of Representatives seat for 47th District, state executive, committeeman, state executive committeewoman, and Supreme Court and Appellate Court judges.

General elections for all county offices and county school board member positions for seats 2, 3, 4 and 6 are scheduled for Aug. 2, as well.

In Manchester’s municipal election, three aldermen, who serve for four-year terms, will be elected.

Three Manchester school board seats, for four-year terms, will also be up for grabs.

In Tullahoma’s municipal election, two aldermen positions, for three-year terms, will be on the ballot.

Voters will also cast ballots for two city school board members. These positions are for four-year terms.

Voter registration deadline for Aug. 2 election is July 3.


Nov. 6, 2018 election

The state and federal general elections will be held on Nov. 6. The following offices will be on the general ballot: governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives for 6th Congressional District, and Tennessee House of Representatives for 47th House District.

Voter registration deadline for this election is Oct. 9.

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