By Jill Penley
Freelance Writer

With a little over a year before citizens head to the polls for the 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election, it seems politicians – both local, state, and national – are gearing up for a wild ride. Perhaps everyone is aware of the United States presidential election of 2020 will be held on November 3, 2020, but there are other dates of significance for area voters.
The Presidential Preference Primary will be March 3, 2020, according to Cheri Lipford, Administrator of Elections, Johnson County Election Commission, and the August County General and State Primary will be on August 6. “The local offices that are known at this time for August,” said Lipford, “will be Road Superintendent to fill the unexpired term for two years until 2022, Assessor of Property, and School Board District 2, which represents Forge/Shouns, Trade, Neva and Mountain City.
Jeff Wagner was appointed by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners to fill the position previously held by Darrell Reece, who passed away unexpectedly last September.
Per state law, the county legislative body fills vacancies in elected county offices until a successor can be elected at the next countywide general election for which the candidate has sufficient time to qualify. In the case of Wagner, this would be 2020.
In addition to the State and Federal General election, the Town of Mountain City’s Municipal Election will also be held on November 3. Lipford plans to send a letter to the city recorder next year to confirm what offices will be on the ballot.
It seems like the national election is continuous, and in most of the traditional “battleground” states, volunteers are already combing neighborhoods to win the hearts of voters for the primary election, which will determine who will be the Democratic and Republican nominee.
While Tennessee’s primary isn’t until March, Iowa is expected to kick off the first-in-the-nation caucuses on February 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire primary, Nevada Democratic caucuses, and the South Carolina Democratic primary, all in February.
Contact the local election office or visit http://www.jctnvote.com for prior election results and for qualifications for elected offices.