Incumbent forgot, faces challenger

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A member of Marshall County's School Board is running a write-in campaign for re-election because he forgot to file his petition to be named on the ballot.

His challenger is a county school bus driver with his own lawn care and landscaping company who wants a voice in how the system is run and to improve the school system for the students.

July 8 -- one week from yesterday -- is the last day to register to vote in the county's general election on Aug. 7 when four other seats on the school board are on the ballot. Two special elections for the balance of terms on the County Commission are also on the ballot. Election day is the first Thursday of next month.

The county voters who will decide the race between Curt Denton of Spring Place Road and School Board member John McCullough of Yell Road live in District 8. It includes residents of an area from Mechanico Trail to Wade Brown Road and in areas near Holly Grove Road and the Lewisburg Gas Department, according to Elections Administrator Jo Ann Henry.

The election office is in the Hardison Annex on College Street where early voting starts July 18 and continues 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on three Saturdays of July 19, 26 and Aug. 2.

The elections administrator said she's prohibited from doing anything to help write-in candidates, however she did have to accept a letter from McCullough asking that election officials count the paper ballots cast for him. ...Pick up a copy of today's edition of Wednesday, July 2, 2008 for full story.