Williamson County General Election

Early voting for the County General Election (and State Primaries) begins on July 13! Early voting is open to any registered voter in the county. Any registered voter may vote at any one of the six (6) early voting sites within the county regardless of their Election Day precinct. Early voting is open July 13 to 28. Election Day is August 2. Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the State Primaries. ALL of the County candidates will be on both the Republican and Democratic State Primary ballots whether candidates are Republicans, Democrats, or Non-Partisan (e.g., School Board). You may vote for any candidate in the County General Election regardless of political affiliation. Search for your County District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 10, you will see three County Commission candidates and two Williamson County School Board candidates on the ballot. You may vote for two County Commission candidates. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission. Sample Ballot Republican State Primary and County General Election Sample Ballot Democratic State Primary and County General Election   Williamson County School Board (vote for one) District 2 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Dan Cash will remain on the WCSB District 4 Bradley Fiscus (www.facebook.com/bradfiscusD4WCS/) Former District 4 School Board Member Tim McLaughlin (withdrew from the race on 7/2, but his name will still appear on the ballot) Andrew Voyles...

Should the County Commission Be Allowed to Line Item Veto the WCS Budget?

The Williamson County Republican Party sent questionnaires (also here) to Republican County Commission candidates. The last question was directly related to WCS funding support. (Note that not all candidates submitted questionnaires, and some omitted the school funding question.) “Schools funding including interest payments on money borrowed to build new schools is close to 80% of the total County budget. Commissioners vote either to accept or reject the budget as presented, they have no control over how the money is spent. If the budget is rejected, they must negotiate with the Director of Public schools until they reach a resolution. Would you support a resolution to change current law to allow line item veto power to the County Commission when approving the School Budget?” The following Republican County Commission candidates and incumbents believe that County Commissioners SHOULD have line item veto power over the WCS budget: D4 Gregg Lawrence (incumbent) and Chad Story D5 Robert Verell D7 Jennifer Luteran and Christopher Richards D8 Barb Sturgeon (incumbent), Melissa Miles, and Jerry Rainey D9 Todd Kaestner (incumbent) and Robert Peterman D11 Brandon Ryan (incumbent)   Campaign contributions from Tea Party/912 supporters Williamson Business PAC Endorsements See our Republican Ballot article for links to candidates’ Facebook pages, profiles, and videos, as well as notes about school-related votes and quotes about candidates’ views on public education and its funding....

Selected 2018 County Primary Financial Contributions

In the 2016 WCSB election, there was a common group of donors who contributed to the slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed candidates. The same seven candidates were also endorsed by either the Williamson County Republican Party or the Republican Women of Williamson County. You’ll recall that all seven candidates lost. There have been no endorsements made for the county primaries except by the Williamson Business PAC, but we can look at the common donors to get an idea of which candidates fall in line with the Tea Party/912 fringe. In 2016, Cyndi and Tracy Miller contributed $3000 to six WCSB candidates, and brother Andy Miller contributed $1000 to Jennifer Luteran. In 2014 the Millers donated $1000 to Curlee and $500 each to Burgos and Emerson and hosted campaign kickoff parties for Curlee and Burgos. Stuart Anderson donated $500 each to four candidates and also to Jeremy Durham. William Morgan contributed $250 to all seven candidates in the Tea Party/912-endorsed cadre. Here’s the breakdown so far for the 2018 Republican primary. The Millers, Anderson, and Morgan have contributed to nine County Commission candidates and to Register of Deeds candidate Julie Hannah. D4 Gregg Lawrence (incumbent) and Chad Story In Q2 after the May primary, Stuart Anderson donated $1000 each to Lawrence and Story; William Morgan donated an additional $150 to Lawrence, and Franklin Alderman Bev Burger donated $150 to Lawrence as well. D6 Don Barnett D7 Jennifer Luteran and Christopher Richards D8 Barb Sturgeon (incumbent) D9 Todd Kaestner (incumbent) and Robert Peterman D12 Ned Williams You can see all of the candidates’ financial disclosures here. Franklin Alderman Bev Burger didn’t appear on...

Williamson County Republican Ballot

For more information on how the County Primaries work and what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries. Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the County Primaries. If you choose a Republican ballot, you will see the following options: County Mayor (vote for one) **Incumbent Rogers C. Anderson (www.facebook.com/reelectrogersanderson/) Kenneth Eaton (www.facebook.com/EatonforMayor/) Trustee (vote for one) Incumbent Karen Paris Sheriff (vote for one) **Incumbent Jeff Long (www.facebook.com/jefflongforsheriff/) Circuit Court Clerk (vote for one) Incumbent Debbie McMillan Barrett Juvenile Court Clerk (vote for one) **Incumbent Brenda F. Hyden (www.facebook.com/BrendaHydenJuvenileCourtClerk/) Bobby Plummer (www.facebook.com/Bobby-Plummer-for-Juvenile-Court-Clerk-412200139201996/) County Clerk (vote for one) **Incumbent Elaine H. Anderson (www.facebook.com/VoteElaineAnderson/) Andy L. Johnson (www.facebook.com/ALJWCC/) Register of Deeds (vote for one) **Sherry Anderson (www.facebook.com/electsherryanderson/) Julie Hannah (www.facebook.com/juliehannah.williamsonco/) Received campaign contributions from donors who funded the 2016 slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed WCSB candidates and former WCSB members Susan Curlee and Beth Burgos in 2014 ** Endorsed by Williamson Business PAC County Commission (vote for two) Search for your County Commission District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 9, you will see four candidates on the Republican ballot. You will vote for two. The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission. View:...

Williamson County Democratic Ballot

For more information on how the County Primaries work and what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries. Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the County Primaries. If you choose a Democratic ballot, note that there are no qualified candidates for any county office for Districts 3, 9, or 12. In the other districts, you will be able to vote for County Commissioners only. County Commission (vote for two) Search for your County Commission District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 11, you will see two candidates on the Democratic ballot. You will vote for two. The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission. View: All District 1 District 2 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 10 District 11   District 1 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video) **Kreis White (www.facebook.com/White4WilCo/) “We must maintain successes of public schools system-wide while enhancing resources in remote corners of the county. An educated workforce benefits all of us.” – March 2018 “The county’s crown jewel is its school system. Parents come in droves, knowing that public education here is top...

Williamson County Primaries

Early voting for the County Primaries begins on April 11! Early voting is open to any registered voter in the county. Any registered voter may vote at any one of the six (6) early voting sites within the county regardless of their Election Day precinct. Early voting is open April 11 to 26. Election Day is May 1. Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the County Primaries. For more information on how primaries work, watch this clear and concise video by Sumner County Commission candidate, Michele Harbin. County Offices on May 1 Republican Primary Ballot – County Mayor – contested primary, winner will be elected mayor – County Commission (Districts 1-12) – contested primary for Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; all candidates from Districts 1, 2, 4 will advance to the August general election – County Trustee – unchallenged seat, Karen Paris will remain County Trustee – Sheriff – unchallenged seat, Jeff Long will remain Sheriff – Circuit Court Clerk – unchallenged seat, Debbie McMillan Barrett will remain Circuit Court Clerk – Juvenile Court Clerk – contested primary, winner will be elected Juvenile Court Clerk – County Clerk – contested primary, winner will be elected County Clerk – Register of Deeds – contested primary, winner will be elected Register of Deeds County Offices on May 1 Democratic...