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Poll workers Robert Fretts and Linda Breedlove sat idle Monday morning as they waited for residents to come in to cast their ballots during early voting for the upcoming Primary Election. As of Monday morning only 316 ballots had been cast.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


VOTE! Election day is quickly approaching and recent trends indicate a low voter turnout for the Primary Election. Hopefully that trend will change this election cycle as several local races are on the ballot and while these are all part–time positions they are very important.

Early voting will end this Friday and Election Day will be Tuesday, May 20th, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

The District 1 State Representative race has three Dade County residents seeking the position. On the Democratic ticket is Tom McMahan of Rising Fawn. He is the only Democrat seeking the position so he will face the winner of the Republican primary.

Three Republicans are seeking the position as John Deffenbaugh is seeking re-election to the seat he has held for two years. Also seeking the position are Robert Goff of Trenton and Alan Painter of Chickamauga.

In other local races, two positions on the Dade County Board of Education are up for grabs, as Cindy Shaw will be seeking a full term on the board after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of Mutt Massengale. Shaw is running on the Republican ticket.

Two Democratic candidates are opposing Shaw – Jane Dixon and Ronald Baldwin are facing off to see who will oppose her in November.

The other BOE race includes three republicans who are seeking Jeff Forester’s seat on the board – Forester is not running for re-election. Jennifer Hartline, Summer Kelly and Larry Williams are all entering the political arena for the first time and are asking for your votes.

Two positions are also up for election on the Dade County Commission.

Current Commissioner Mitchell Smith is seeking re-election while former Commissioners Lamar Lowery and Terry Phillips are hoping to unseat Smith and return to the Commission.

Current Commissioner Scottie Pittman has opposition for the first time with Nathan Baker hoping to unseat him.

Several state races are also on the ballot this year so interest should be high in the election.

Monday morning, with five days of early voting remaining, only 268 people had voted on the Republican ticket and 46 Democrats had cast ballots.

In the 2010 elections only 201 people voted early and the total vote was 1,351 – 1,131 Republicans and 220 Democrats.

Currently Dade County has 8,031 active registered voters. To be an active voter you must have voted within the past eight years. If you are registered but haven’t voted in the last eight years you can still vote as long as you are a registered voter.

A sample election ballot may be found on page 8 of this week’s Sentinel.

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