Election Update: City Council, City Judge, and now Circuit Court Clerk

We are finishing up Week #4 in the race to qualify for Clarksville City Council and City Judge. The qualification period opened on Monday, June 22nd and the deadline to return petitions is August 20th. This week, three more candidates have officially qualified in their respective City Council races.

Seven of the 12 city ward positions will be on the ballot in the upcoming November election. To qualify, a candidate is required to obtain 25 nominating signatures from registered voters in the area of their desired position.

No current elected city council incumbents have picked up petitions to run for re-election. The current incumbents are Ron Erb in Ward 3, Tim Chandler in Ward 4, Valerie Guzman in Ward 5, Jeff Henley in Ward 9, and appointed Councilman Gary Norris in Ward 11. David Allen in Ward 8 and Jeff Burkhart in Ward 12 are terming out of their respective positions after serving three consecutive terms.

Source: Montgomery County Election Commission

In Ward 3, Dajuan Little and Chelsea Camp remain as the two candidates petitioned for the chair. Neither candidate has qualified.

In Ward 4, Margaret Thompson and Wallace Redd continue to be the available candidates. Both have officially qualified.

In Ward 5, no new contenders have emerged in the race as Joseph Dasinger, Jason Knight, and Melissa Eldridge are the petitioned candidates. All three candidates so far have officially qualified.

In Ward 8, Faye Hobson and Wanda Allen remain as the current candidates for the chair. Wanda Allen is the wife of current Ward 8 Councilman David Allen. Both candidates have officially qualified.

In Ward 9, Matthew Scott Comperry, Bradley Morrow, and Karen Reynolds have picked up petitions. Morrow officially qualified on July 15th.

In Ward 11, Robert Ott has picked up a petition for qualification, joining appointed member Gary Norris. Norris officially qualified on July 9th.

In Ward 12, a total of five candidates have picked up their petitions.comprising of Trisha Butler, Jonathan Lockwood, Christopher Adam Walker, and David Webb. Joe Shakeenab picked up his petition on July 10th. Butler and Webb are the only candidates so far to officially qualify.

Incumbent Charles Smith remains unopposed in attempts to secure re-election as Clarksville City Judge. He officially qualified on July 15th.

Petitions became available for the position of Circuit Court Clerk on Monday, July 13th, due to Cheryl Castle’s May 21st announcement of her early retirement halfway through her term due to “health and family” reasons. She announced her retirement will become effective August 15th.

Wendy Davis was officially selected as the Republican nominee for Circuit Court Clerk prior to the July 13th official qualifying date, thanks to a party caucus held one week ago. Any other Republican candidates that would be interested in running would have to be listed as an Independent.

Other potential candidates to pick up petitions for Circuit Court Clerk include Scoop Media Group CEO Jason Steen and Chelsea Camp, who had previously picked up a petition to run for Ward 3 City Council.

The elections for Clarksville City Council, City Judge, and Circuit Court Clerk will take place on November 3rd. City Council and City Judge candidates have until August 20th to qualify. Circuit Court Clerk candidates have until September 9th to qualify. More information regarding candidates, scheduling, and voter information can be found on the Montgomery County and Go Vote TN websites.

Blaine Kellar

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