Super Tuesday ballot in county will include three local races

Published 9:30 am Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, Tennessee will join 13 other states in holding early primaries that can play a significant role in determining party presidential nominees.

In addition to the presidential primary, three local races will be on the Carter County ballot — selection of nominee for Assessor of Property in the August General Election and the selection of nominees to fill two unexpired commission seats.

Ronnie Taylor is unopposed in his bid to retain his job as Assessor of Property. In District 8, Thomas Proffitt is the only candidate on the ballot to fill the unexpired seat. Three candidates are on the ballot to fill the unexpired seat in District 3. Qualifying to be on the ballot in that race were Rocky Croy, Juanita McKinney, and Mark Tester.

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Mark Tester was named a temporary commissioner in December to fill the Third District seat vacated when Commissioner Ronnie Trivett died. The seat in the Eighth District was vacated by the death of Commissioner Rick Richardson last April.

Traci Tanner-Harris, Carter County Administrator of Elections, said 2,319 persons cast their ballots in early voting, which ended Feb. 25. “This included those voting by mail as well as nursing home residents,” she said.

Polls will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

Candidates who will be on the Super Tuesday Republican Primary Ballot in Tennessee include Donald J. Trump, Joe Walsh, and Bill Weld.

Candidates on the Democratic Primary Ballot include Michael Bennett, Joseph R. Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John K. Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. 

Among the 15 names on the Democratic Primary Ballot, several have dropped out of the race.

The primary Tuesday will help determine which candidates will represent these two political parties on the November ballot for the nation’s highest elected office.

Several Democratic presidential contenders have visited the state. Nearly a quarter of primary delegates are up for grabs in the March 3 Super Tuesday contests, with 73 coming from Tennessee.

Seven states will have more delegates than Tennessee on Super Tuesday. Tennesseans need a valid photo ID to vote, including a driver’s license, a photo ID from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security or a passport.