Dyer County Election Administrator Anita Fowlkes said 24 people picked up petitions on the first day they were available.
"Interest in picking up petitions for the August election has been pretty heavy today," said Fowlkes. "However, there is still plenty of time to pick them up."
Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 7, and candidates have until April 3 at noon sharp to turn in their petitions.
Fowlkes said the petitioner must turn their petition in with the name they wish to have on the ballot. Also, they must have at least 25 signatures of registered voters.
"We encourage candidates to get 50 signatures to ensure they have enough," said Fowlkes. "The signatures must be from people who are able to vote for that person in that election. In an election that is district restricted, such as a county commissioner, the voters who sign the petition must be from that district. Also, we cannot count the petitioner's signature as a viable signature on the petition to count as one of the 25."
District Attorney General Phil Bivens was among the first to pick up his petition and turned it back in to election commission officials. Fowlkes then provided him with a certified copy of his petition so he could turn it in to the Lake County Election Commission. Bivens' petition must be turned in there, as well, since his jurisdiction includes Lake County. Dyer County candidates running for the office of circuit court judge, public defender, and chancery court must do the same and vice-versa for Lake County residents.
Fowlkes says petitions will be available for pickup up until April 3, but they must be turned in with the appropriate signatures by noon of that day.
Phil Bivens -- District Attorney General (incumbent)
Bobby Byrum -- Dyer County Constable, District H (incumbent)
Robert Kirby - Dyer County Commissioner, District D, Position 1
Dean Dedmon -- Dyersburg Municipal Judge (incumbent)
William Mallard Jr. -- Dyer County Mayor
Larry Shawver -- Dyer County Commissioner, District A, Position 2
Benny Spain -- Dyer County Commissioner, District H, Position 1 (incumbent)
Diane Moore -- Dyer County Clerk (incumbent)
Rickie Tidwell -- Dyer County Sheriff
James Sansom -- Dyer County Constable, District A (incumbent)
James Lanier -- District Public Defender (incumbent)
Jeff Jones -- Dyer County Superintendent of Roads (incumbent)
John Byrd -- Dyer County Commissioner District D, Position 2
Alan Dunevant -- Dyer County Commissioner District D, Position 2
Tony Childress -- Chancery Court Chancellor (incumbent)
Bobby Turnage Sr. -- Dyer County Constable, District H
Chris Young -- Dyer County Mayor
Jeff Box -- Dyer County Sheriff (incumbent)
Jim Horner -- Dyer County Mayor
Jeremy Ballinger -- Dyer County Constable, District D (incumbent)
Bobby Waller -- Dyer County Constable, District G (incumbent)
Daren Hill -- Dyer County Constable, District I (incumbent)
Jason Hudson -- Dyer County General Sessions Court Judge (incumbent)
Danny Fowlkes -- Dyer County Register of Deeds (incumbent)
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