VOTE

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election began yesterday and Secretary of State Tre Hargett wants to remind voters to get out and vote.

“Tennesseans broke August early voting records as they selected nominees and elected county officials, and I know interest remains high as voters prepare to select leaders across all levels of government on the November ballot,” he said. “Early voting offers voters more opportunities to find a convenient time to cast their ballots."

Here’s a breakdown of who’s running:

 

Municipal races

Vice mayor Maureen J. Fraser, who’s currently finishing her fourth term as alderman, is being challenged by former Collierville firefighter William Boone for Position 1.

Alderman Billy Patton is running unopposed for a third term as Position 2 alderman.

Tom Allen is seeking a third term as Position 4 alderman and is being challenged by attorney Gregory D. Cotton.

Wanda Chism is seeking re-election as the Position 2 school board member and FedEx IT Audit Manager Eelco R. van Wijk and realtor Frank Warren are vying for the Position 4 seat. Incumbent Cathy Messerly is not seeking re-election.

 

State/federal races

Also up this election are U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative from District 8, Tennessee Governor, and the Tennessee House of Representatives District 95 seat.

One of the most contentious races this election is that of U.S. Senator where former governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is running against Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and six Independent candidates for Bob Corker’s seat.

U.S. Representative David Kustoff is running for re-election in District 8 and has opposition in Democrat Erika Stotts Pearson and Independent James Hart.

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean are running for governor, as are more than two dozen Independent candidates.

Incumbent Kevin Vaughan, a Republican, has opposition in Democrat Sanjeev Memula, a public defender, in his bid to be re-elected as state representative serving District 95.

 

When can you vote?

Early voting will continue every day, except Sundays, until Nov. 1.

In Collierville, registered voters can cast ballots at Collierville Church of Christ, 575 Shelton Drive, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

For more information about the election, and in which other locations early ballots can be cast, see shelbyvote.com.