With the March
election done, it's time to start looking at the August election. August
will be the county general election and the state primary election.
Both Loudon County Property Assessor, Mike Campbell, and Circuit Court Clerk, Steve Harrelson, will appear on the ballot but both will be unopposed having won their respective primary bids in the March election.
The other local election that may generate more interest will be the school board elections. On this ballot will be the odd district seats 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th. More than half the board members seats will be up in this election.
Both 1st district members, Kenny Ridings, seat "A" and Scott Newman seat "B" will be seeking re-election. Bennie Houser has qualified to challenge Ridings in Seat "A". Newman is so far unopposed.
Incumbent 3rd district board member, Philip Moffett has filed to seek re-election and is currently unopposed.
5th District, Seat "A" incumbent Brian Brown has qualified to seek re-election and is currently unopposed. With Gary Ubben's decision not to seek re-election to the 5th district, Seat "B", two candidates have either qualified or picked up a petition so far for that seat. Tammy Bright has qualified and Lisa R. Harvey has picked up a qualifying petition.
Incumbent 7th district board member, Craig Simon has qualified to seek re-election. Kenneth Presley has qualified to challenge Simon for that seat
The school board is a very important part of local government. Besides setting policy and procedures for the near 5,000 student school system, they are responsible for the school's forty million dollar budget. 65% of all your property tax goes to the school board. Their decisions can have a profound impact every property owner in the county. The current board budget request for this year is asking for an additional 1.4 million dollars.
Know your candidates and where they stand on the issues.
The qualifying deadline is April 2nd, noon.
Below is the full list of offices on the August ballot.
State of Tennessee Federal/State Primary
Loudon County General Election
August 6, (Thursday), 2020
State and local offices on the ballot for which a petition will be issued:
United States Senator
United States House of Representatives, 2nd District
State of Tennessee House of Representatives, 21st District
State of Tennessee House of Representatives, 32nd District
Loudon County School Board Member 1st District- Seat A and B
Loudon County School Board Member 3rd District
Loudon County School Board Member 5th District – Seat A & B
Loudon County School Board Member 7th District
Party nominees from the March Primaries and Independent candidates will also appear on the General ballot.
First day to issue a petition- February 3, 2020 (for those that did not qualify in for the March Primary Election)
· Deadline to turn in petition- April 2, 2020 , 12:00 NOON