Currently The Leader's managing editor, Echo Day is an 11-year veteran of the paper.

Hargett with McCorkles

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visits with Shaylon McCorkle, 5, and Patty McCorkle of Mason during a visit to the Tipton County Election Commission office in Covington on Oct. 21, 2016. "We've got to show him how important it is to vote," Patty said of grandson Shaylon. 

Tipton County’s early voter turnout, said Secretary of State Tre Hargett Wednesday, has increased 175 percent over the same period of time during the last midterm election in 2014.

By midday Wednesday, more than 11,530 voters have cast ballots, said Tipton County’s administrator of elections Cindy Pinner. 

“During the early voting period for 2014, we voted 6,082,” she said. “We had 12,831 votes total for that election, so for just the early voting period this year we have almost voted as many as we did for that entire election.”

Voting has been pretty smooth, she added. 

Turnout is already at 30.2 percent and Tipton County was ranked 14th in the state – of 95 counties – for percentage of active voters who’ve already voted.

Today is the last day for early voting. 

Gubernatorial and senate candidates have been canvassing the state for the past several months to win votes in key races. Locally, there are three alderman and two school board positions up for grabs.

Here’s who’s on the ballot in each each city: 

Municipal races 

Almost every town and city in Tipton County – everyone except Brighton – will be holding elections for mayor and aldermen. (All of Brighton’s elected officials will be on the ballot in 2020.) 

In each city – except Burlison, where one councilperson will be elected, and Garland, where voters will choose six alderman and a recorder – voters will be choosing three aldermen. 

Atoka

Incumbents Barry Akin and Danny Feldmayer are up against 10 challengers for alderman. 

Others on the ballot include Ryan Ripperton, Christy Renfrow, Daniel Lee, Gregory Billings, Christopher “Cody” Pace, Bruce McConnell, Keith Richter, John Harber, Pamela Johnson and Scott Cooper.

The third seat up for re-election is that of former alderman Mike Joyner. He moved out of the city limits this past spring and Marianne Dunavant, who expressed from the beginning she was not looking for a permanent position on the board, has been filling in since his resignation. 

Mayor Daryl Walker is up for re-election but is running unopposed.

Burlison

Incumbent Danny Howard is running for re-election as alderman. He has no opposition.

 

Covington 

Covington’s candidate There are contested mayoral and alderman races in Covington as well.

John E. Edwards, who took over his father’s position as alderman in 2005 when John M. Edwards died, announced in May his plans to run for mayor against incumbent Justin Hanson, who’s been in office since 2014.

In Covington, unlike everywhere else, representation is done through districting and each district has two aldermen. Half of the board is up for re-election every two years.

  •  District 1 – J.B. Leverette, Olean Anderson, Shelvie Rose, Brian “Moody” Max and Johnetta Yarbrough are running to fill the District 1 seat, which Edwards has held for 13 years. 
  • District 2 – Mac McGowan is running for re-election in District 2 and will be challenged by Jeff Morris, Catina Stark and Wanda Lynn Bellow. 
  • District 3 – Billy Yancy and Danny Wallace are running to represent District 3. Alderman Drew Glass, who was appointed to fill Bill Scruggs’ unexpired term in early 2015, is not running. 

 

Garland

In Garland, Lisa McClain is running to keep the recorder position and Kelley Gray and Clayton Wilson are running to stay on as aldermen. Audrey Peach and David Fike are also running for aldermen.

 

 Gilt Edge 

Incumbent Brian Shoemaker and Donna Fletcher are running for aldermen. There are three positions up and only two qualified candidates, so a write-in will fill the third position up for grabs.

 

Mason

In the mayoral race, Celia Jones Chastain and current alderman Dewayne Gooden will be challenging Gwendolyn Kilpatrick, who has been the town’s mayor since 2015.

Mason aldermen Joe Nelson and Gloria Whitley are running for re-election and Sylvester Harvey, Sandra Norvell, Sha’Te Toliver, Eddie Noeman and Carolyn Catron have also qualified to run. 

 

Munford

Glenn Turner and Robert Dodson are running with incumbents Sue Arthur and Jack Bomar for Munford aldermen. Bob Wilson, who was appointed to serve the remainder of the late Johnny Crigger’s unexpired term, 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 81 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.

Debra Moody is running unopposed for her third term as state representative. 

 

When can you vote? 

Today is the last day for early voting. To cast a ballot prior to election day, which is on Tuesday, visit the Tipton County Election Commission or Munford City Hall Boardroom from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are nine polling locations in the county – Canaan Baptist Church, the National Guard Armory, Garland Community Center, Gateway Baptist Church in Atoka, Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Greenleaf Community Church, St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church and Brighton Baptist Church (see map above). 

On Election Day,  The Leader will post results at covingtonleader.com and on Facebook as they’re released.

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email eday@covingtonleader.com.

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