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April 8, 2014

31 candidates address Tansi crowd

Push for support comes on eve of early voting

CROSSVILLE — With early voting to begin just around the corner, candidates seeking the political party nod to seek office in the August election gathered at Lake Tansi Thursday night and told a standing-room only crowd why they were the best choice.

The nearly three-hour forum featured candidates seeking offices ranging from Criminal Court judge to the 5th District seat on the Cumberland County Commission. Experience was the buzz word as nearly all those seeking office spoke of their work histories as it related to the offices they were seeking.

The forum was hosted at the Thunderbird Rec Center by the Exchange Club of Lake Tansi. Each candidate was allowed five minutes to say whatever they wish. No questions were asked from the audience.

There were no surprises in the comments that the political hopefuls served to the crowd. The following is a list of offices and the candidates seeking those seats.

Criminal Court Judge Part I — Republicans Wesley Bray and Gary McKenzie. Democrat William Fred Roberson Jr.

Circuit Court Judge — Republican Jonathan Young and Democrat Randy York.

Chancellor — Republican J. (Jerry) Lee Burgess.

District Attorney — Republicans Bryant C. Dunaway and Shawn C. Fry. Democrat Tony Craighead.

Public Defender — Republicans Craig P. Fickling, John Milton Meadows and Edwin G. Sadler. Democrat David Brady (incumbent).

Register of Deeds — Democrate Judy Graham Swallows (incumbent, unopposed).

County Mayor — Kennety Carey Jr. (incumbent) Doug Scarlett, Scott Sexton and Ligue Wisdom. Democrat Thom Hassler.

Sheriff — Republicans Casey D. Cox and Terry "Hoss" White. Democrat Dean Farley.

Road Superintendent — Republicans Scott Blaylock (incumbent), Stanley Hall and Kevin Music.

Fifth District Commission — Jack Davis and Chuck Lewis.

15th District Senate — Republicans Paul Bailey, Gary Steakley.

15th Republican District Committee — Women,  Hannah Horseman. Men, Hamilton "Bombdawg" Horseman.

The Chronicle will be publishing profiles on candidates who choose to participate in an upcoming edition.

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