By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published Feb. 14, 2014

Sen. Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) has qualified to run for re-election, and faces opposition from three potential candidates in the Republican primary election Aug. 7.

The Aug. 7 ballot also includes candidates in the Dickson County general and Charlotte municipal elections.

Five Dickson County Commission seats may be contested, while all 12 commissioners have picked up petitions for re-election.

The races for General Sessions judge, school board District 6 seat, Circuit Court clerk and road superintendent are heating up.

No one has shown interest in running for public defender. And the District 4 constable seat was taken off the ballot.

Summerville represents Senate District 25, which also includes Cheatham, Hickman, Humphreys and Robertson counties. The political primary races for the Nov. 4 state general election coincide with the Aug. 7 county general election.

In the Republican primary, state House Rep. Joshua Evans (District 66), of Greenbrier, returned a petition to challenge Summerville, along with Wayne White, of Slayden, and former state Sen. Kerry Roberts, of Springfield.

In the Democratic primary, Tony Gross, of Kingston Springs, will seek the District 25 seat on Nov. 4.

County general election

The constable District 4 seat previously was on the Aug. 7 ballot, but recently taken off. County Administrator of Elections Linda Medley verified Constable Terry Bright had neither moved to Mississippi as reported, nor resigned his position. The seat will be up for election in 2016.

County commission Districts 2, 3, 4, 8 and 11 have several potential candidates.

Incumbent Robert G. Wetterau (District 2) qualified for the ballot. Jeff Eby, of Wills Road in Dickson, picked up a petition Tuesday for the District 2 seat.

Incumbent Shane Chandler (District 3) filed a petition for re-election. Shane Nichols, of Wolf Branch Road in Vanleer, picked up a petition for District 3.

Four candidates may battle for the District 4 seat. Incumbent J.B. Smith planned to return his re-election petition by Thursday. Current Road Commissioner (District 4) Jerry D. Tucker qualified to run for Smith’s seat. Jim Grubbs, of Maple Valley Road in Charlotte; and Jeremiah Johnson, of Promiseland Road in Charlotte, also picked up petitions.

Former county Commissioner Tim Harris returned a petition for the District 4 seat, but withdrew from the race.

Incumbent Commissioner B. Kyle Sanders (District 8) may be challenged by Clayton L. Ellis, of Sherron Drive in Dickson, who picked up a petition. Neither had returned petitions as of press time.

Incumbent Linda P. Hayes (District 11) qualified for re-election. Dillon Scott, of East Park Circle in Dickson, returned a petition Monday for the District 11 seat.

Commissioner Carl Buckner (District 7) returned a petition for re-election. Incumbents James “Cotton” Dawson (District 5), Tony S. Adams (District 9) and Randy Hogin (District 12) picked up petitions for re-election.

School board District 2, 4 and 6 seats will be on the Aug. 7 ballot. Incumbents Ricky Chandler (District 2), Dickson Police Chief; and board Chairperson Tim Potter (District 4) picked up petitions.

Incumbent Josh Lewis (District 6) and Jackie L. Harmon, of Charlotte, picked up petitions for the seat.


General Sessions Judge Durwood Moore will retire from the bench. Craig Monsue, assistant District Attorney, qualified for the General Sessions Court judge ballot. Carey J. Thompson, assistant District Attorney, and Joseph Hall joined the race and returned petitions. Jim Sowell had not returned a petition as of press time.

Qualified for their respective contests are: David Wolfe, Circuit Court judge (Division I); Division II Circuit Court Judge Larry J. Wallace (incumbent); and Suzanne M. Lockert-Mash, Circuit Court judge (Division III). Jerry V. Smith, Dickson city attorney, and Jack Arnold had not returned petitions for Circuit Court judge (Division III) as of press time.

Voters can cast ballots for a candidate in each of the three Circuit Court judge divisions.

County offices

Circuit Court Clerk Pam Choate-Myatt qualified for re-election. Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dwayne Hayes picked up a petition for Circuit Court clerk. Hayes withdrew from the sheriff race.

Qualified and running unopposed are Assistant District Attorney Ray Crouch Jr. for District Attorney General; incumbent Luanne Greer for county clerk; and incumbent Glynda B. Pendergrass for county trustee.

Register of Deeds Jacqueline Wall Farthing plans to retire from office. Shelly Lynch Yates and Jeff Lewis, Dickson city public works director, qualified for her seat.

Jerry R. Burgess qualified to seek re-election as road superintendent. Richard Neblett, of Cumberland Furnace, also picked up a petition for road superintendent.

Road commissioner incumbents Benjamin C. Regen (District 1), Kenneth Edmisson (District 2), Austin Potter (District 3), John D. Baggett (District 4) and Clay Simpkins (District 5) picked up petitions. Incumbent Earl E. Lerch (District 6) picked up but had not returned a petition as of press time.

State primaries

Incumbent state Rep. David Shepard (D-Dickson) and local businessman Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) qualified for the ballot for the state House District 69 seat. Incumbent state Rep. Mary Littleton (R-Dickson) qualified for re-election to the District 78 seat, and is running unopposed.

County voters also will elect Democratic and Republican representatives to the state Executive Committee on Aug. 7. William “Bill” Mason (D-Greenbrier) filed a petition as the male representative. No one picked up a petition to run as the female representative.

Candidate petitions became available Jan. 3. The qualifying deadline is April 3 at noon.