REPUBLICAN PARTY CALLS COUNTY PRIMARY

Lebanon, TN –The Wilson County Republican Party Executive Committee filed their letter with the Election Commission calling for a Republican Party Primary to be held on March 3, 2020. The deadline for the Republican and Democratic Parties of Wilson County to give notice to the Election Commission of their intention to hold a county primary was Monday, June 17th.

The Republican Executive Committee communicated the decision to hold a Republican Primary for all county offices eligible for a primary election in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary scheduled for March 3, 2020. At this time, Wilson County Property Assessor, General Sessions Division III Judge and 15th Judicial District Public Defender are the only offices eligible for this primary election. Elections for the General Session Division III Judge and 15th Judicial District Public Defender are to fill vacancies until the 2022 election.

Candidates who seek to run as a member of the Republican Party, candidates nominated by caucus or those running as an independent will all qualify by December 12th, 2019 at NOON. The Republican Party candidates will be the only names included on the March 3, 2020 county primary ballot. The winner of the March 3rd Republican Primary will appear as the Republican nominee for each of the offices on the August 6th Wilson County General Election ballot.

Caucus nominated and Independent candidates, although they qualified by the December 12th deadline, will be included only on the Wilson County General Election ballot on August 6, 2020, along with the Republican Party candidate. Petitions for these offices will be available beginning October 14th, 2019 at the Wilson County Election Commission.

Primary elections are for nominating the political party candidate. Voters that participate in primary elections consider themselves affiliated with one of the two major parties in Tennessee. There is no primary for independent candidates. The winner of the party primary election goes on to represent their party in the general election. The general election is the election where all voters make the final choice between the party and independent candidates for a specific office.

“We encourage anyone with questions about the party primary, the Presidential Preference Primary or any other election process or deadline to contact the Wilson County Election Commission,” said Phillip Warren, Administrator of Elections.

To learn more about primaries and general elections, qualifications for offices and other elections related information visit www.WislonVotes.com. The Election Commission offers programs about elections and voting for any interested group. To schedule a presentation, ask questions about election related issues or learn how you can be involved contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or info@WilsonElections.com.