Voters Go To Polls To Elect Judges, Sheriff, County Commissioners, Other Posts

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Several contested judicial races are on the ballot as Hamilton County voters go to the polls today.

Joe Manuel and Pam Fleenor are contending for the chancellor post being given up by Frank Brown, and J.B. Bennett and Catherine White are running to take the place of Circuit Court Judge Jackie Bolton.

Chris Harvey is challenging Sheriff Jim Hammond in the Republican primary.

Lisa Bowman, Larry Henry and Ron Parson are running for Circuit Court clerk, which was long held by Paula Thompson. 

Ryan Epperson is running against Register of Deeds Pam Hurst.

Some hotly contested County Commission contests include District 7 and 8.

In District 7, where Larry Henry has been commissioner, Republican candidates are Perry Perkins, Phil Smartt and Sabrena Turner. Democrats running are Don Brown and Ezra Maize.

In District 8, incumbent Tim Boyd is being challenged by former Commissioner Curtis Adams and East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert.

Pam Ladd, who was formerly on the City Council, is running against incumbent Warren Mackey and Kirkland Robinson in District 4.

In District 5, Isiah Hester is trying to unseat Greg Beck. 

Randy Fairbanks is going against Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in District 1. 

Brian White is running in the Democratic primary against Criminal Court Clerk Gwen Tidwell. The winner will face Republican Vince Dean.

Criminal Court Judges Rebecca Stern, Barry Steelman and Don Poole do not have opposition.

City Judges Sherry Paty and Russell Bean are unopposed.

Trustee Bill Hullander and County Clerk Bill Knowles are also unopposed.

Perennial candidate Basil Marceaux Sr. is up against County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

Neal Pinkston is unopposed to replace Bill Cox as district attorney.

The polls are open from 8-8.

Over 8,000 people voted early.

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