The Tipton County Election Commission has released the names of people whose signed petitions have been accepted for the August election – and there's opposition for a few key offices.
"It's nice to see people getting involved," Neil Bell, administrator of elections, said Tuesday.
State representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) will be running for re-election to keep her seat in the state's 81st district and Rory Bricco, who ran unsuccessfully against her in 2012, will be running again.
District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, who was elected to his eight-year term in 2006, has opposition in D.J. Norton of McNairy County.
County Executive Jeff Huffman, who began his career as county mayor nearly 30 years ago, has an opponent in Bobby Clemons Jr., a 26-year-old a line technician at Unilever. Clemons announced last year he intended to run for Covington mayor, but is now running for county executive.
General sessions judge Bill Peeler has opposition for the first time in his career in Stacey Longo Graham.
Gary Antrican, the public defender representing Tipton, Lauderdale, Fayette, Hardeman and McNairy counties, has announced he will not be seeking re-election. Bo Burk and Lyle Jones, both from Tipton County, and Shana Johnson of Fayette County have announced their bids.
Commissioners Quincy Barlow and Rusty Wooten (District 1) have opposition in Olean Anderson. James Kevin Roark is running against Steve Bringle and Jeff Mason for one of two spots in District 3. Teresa Cantrell is listed as an opponent for Johnnie Jones and Jimbo Adkins for a District 6 seat, but has since withdrawn (see related story).
Additionally, there's opposition in the race for constables. Bert Combs and Gerry McLillie are running in District 3, Mike Osborn and G.A. Gibson are running in District 4, Bob Pike and James "Shugs" Stroud are running in Distrct 6 and Bryan Shigley and Nick McDivitt are running for District 8.
Bell said though their petitions have been accepted, these individuals are not yet considered candidates.
"They're not finally certified until the election commission examines their documentation. Certain offices require certain things," he said.
The election commission was meeting Wednesday evening, after press time.
Elections for state, judicial and county offices will be held on Aug. 5.
Municipal elections will also be held this year in November. Those interested may begin pulling petitions next month.
Voters must be registered by July 8 to vote in August.
For more information, or to view the list of candidates in its entirety, call 901-476-0223 or see http://www.tiptonco.com/election_commission/index.php.