Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file qualifying papers for the special called Aug. 27 primary and Oct. 13 general election to fill a vacancy in the 62nd District state House of Representatives seat representing all of Bedford, parts of Lincoln and Rutherford counties.
The vacancy resulted from Democrat Curt Cobb's sudden decision to resign from his seat June 30 in order to accept the position of Bedford County Clerk and Master, the court clerk for Chancery Court effective July 1.
There were no last-minute qualifiers, so the list remains as reported earlier in the week -- Cobb's brother Ty Cobb of Shelbyville is the only candidate in the Democratic primary, while four candidates -- Joseph Byrd of Unionville, Pat Marsh of Shelbyville, Bobby Scott of Shelbyville and Casey Walters of Fayetteville -- are running in the Republican primary. Chris Brown of Shelbyville has qualified for the general election as an independent.
Candidates have until noon July 23 to ask that their names be taken off the ballot.
Early voting for the party primaries will be Aug. 7-22 at the county election office, which is located in the basement of the county courthouse. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon.
Observers from both parties at the state level are thought to be watching the election closely since a Republican win could solidify the GOP caucus' razor-thin 50-49 advantage in the House.
- Ty Cobb
- Joseph Byrd
- Pat Marsh
- Bobby Scott
- Casey Walters
- Chris Brown