We have called a primary for next year’s local elections. The primary will be held the same day as the March 5, 2024 presidential preference primary, and the cost to the taxpayer should be minimal. Voters in this primary will pick Democratic nominees for the August 2024 general election.
In 2021, the General Assembly passed a bill written by Cameron Sexton and Scott Cepicky making school board elections partisan; last year the local GOP ran candidates and won several seats on our school board. While we have opposed making the school board partisan, we recognize “that ship has sailed” and believe our voters should have the power to decide who our party’s candidates will be. We are proud to be Democrats and welcome those who think likewise to seek our party’s nomination next March.
After consulting with the Tennessee Democratic Party and our sister parties in Giles, Lawrence, and Wayne Counties, we have included the Circuit Judge, Part V race in our primary call. This position was recently created by the legislature and will be filled by the voters in August 2024.
Importantly, the deadline to file for local offices (including school board) will move from April 2024 to December 14, 2023 at noon. This affects candidates of all parties (Democratic, Republican, and Independent) equally, regardless of whether the Maury County Republican Party calls a primary or not (at this time we are not sure what our friends across the aisle have chosen to do).
Anyone who is interested in running for school board in Maury County, or for circuit judge in the 22nd District, should plan to pull their petition this fall, rather than waiting until the spring. We know this gives you less time to think about the decision to run. Please reach out to us if you have questions.