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Candidates still qualifying to run in upcoming election

Johnson Countians will have the opportunity to vote on August 2, 2012 for Johnson County state representative, tax assessor, two school board positions, as well as constable in one locale. In order to run for office, there are a number of prerequisites that must be met before someone can be qualified to run for local positions.
There are several qualifications by which all elected officials must abide. The general requirements to hold public office as established by Tennessee state law mandates that all potential candidates must be at least 18, a citizen of both Tennessee and the United States, and reside in the state, county, district or circuit for the period required by the constitution and the laws of the state. Those who have been convicted of bribery or larceny, those who have a judgment of unpaid money to the United States government, the state or any county in the state, as well as defaulters to the treasury are not qualified to hold office. Those serving in the military and members of Congress may not run for local offices.
In order to be considered qualified to run for a position a petition must be received with 25 or more signatures of registered voters. According to Mike Long, Administrator of Johnson County Election Commission, each of the voter cards are pulled and names, addresses and signatures are verified. The qualification deadline is April 5, 2012 at 12:00 noon for the August 2 election.
At this time, Timothy Hill is the only one who has qualified to run for state representative in District Three. While others have expressed an interest in filling the position, at this time Hill is the only one to have completed the qualification process. In addition to the basic requirements, a candidate for State Representative must be at least 21 years old, must have lived three years in Tennessee and one year in the county they wish to represent immediately prior to the election.
To see the other candidates who have qualified to run in the upcoming election, see this week's print version of The Tomahawk.