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Vote early for Aug. 7 election

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This year there are 52,201 registered voters in Wilson County as opposed to 57,325 two years ago.

Two years ago, about 11.6 percent of registered voters, or 6,654 voters, took advantage of the early voting privilege. If the same happens this year, about 6,057 voters will have cast ballots by Aug. 2.

There are seven county races in this election, as well as one local one. Two state and two national primaries are on the ballot as well.

In each of the State Primary races on the Aug. 7 ballot, the two candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, are unopposed.

Democratic incumbent Stratton Bone will be opposed for his 46th District house seat in the November election by Republican Albert McCall in November. Republican incumbent Susan Lynn will be opposed for her 57th District seat in that election by Democrat Ken Wilkenson in November. The U.S. House Primaries involve incumbent Democrats Bart Gordon, District 6, and Jim Cooper, District 5, who are both unopposed.

On the Republican side of the ticket, two candidates are vying to oppose Cooper in November. They are Vijay Kumar from Nashville and Gerard Donovan from Mt. Juliet.

Republican Steve Edmondson of Smyrna is challenging Gordon in the 6th Congressional District as a write-in candidate. In the countywide races:

John Gwinn of Mt. Juliet, Haywood Barry and E. Marie Farley of Lebanon will aim for the General Sessions Judge in Division III.

Incumbent Jimmy Locke of Watertown, will face challengers Jack Pratt and Steve Nixon both of Lebanon for the Assessor of Property position.

Also in county races:

Incumbent Larry West will face challengers Carl "Buddy" Stewart and Wayne McNeese all of Old Hickory for the District 1 Wilson County Commission seat.

Incumbent Terry Duncan will face challenger Christopher Sorey for the District 2 seat.

In the Wilson County Board of Education races:

The Zone 1 race has four candidates for the seat now held by McNeese. They are Vikki Adkins and Jeff Brown of Mt. Juliet and Stanley Spicer and Dorinda Wolentarski of Old Hickory.

The Zone 3 race finds incumbent Don Weathers of Mt Juliet against challenger Colin DeFevers of Lebanon.

In the Zone 5 race, incumbent Greg Lasater of Lebanon faces challenger Dirk Ash also of Lebanon.

The only local race is for Lebanon Special School District where former Director of LSSD Andy Brummett is unopposed for a seat on the Board of Education.s.

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