Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette confirmed this morning that qualifying will not be re-opened for the two seventh district county commission seats, and that seventh district commission member Joyce Tune, who died Monday, will not appear on the Aug. 5 general election ballot.
Local officials had to contact the state for guidance on both issues, and Leverette received word of the answers this morning.
There are nine county commission districts, with two seats representing each district. There is one election for each district, with the top two candidates winning the seats. Tune had qualified to run for re-election, along with her fellow incumbent Tony Barrett and challenger Denise Graham.
Since Tune's death still leaves two candidates for the two seats, the state has advised that there is no need to re-open the qualifying process. And since Tune's death occurred more than 40 days prior to the August election, the state said, her name can be removed from the ballot.
Anyone who would like to run as a write-in candidate still has until noon on June 16 to file a "certification of write-in candidacy" with the county election office asking for his or her write-in votes to be counted.