Rutherford County Election Commission Confirms Candidate Filing Deadline Extended for State Senatorial Races

Apr 07, 2022 at 01:30 pm by WGNS


The Rutherford County Election Commission has confirmed the deadline to file paperwork to run for State Senate has been extended. Evidently, the change came after a push from Democrats in Tennessee.

According to a release from the Tennessee Democratic Party, new Tennessee State Senate maps were not fully accepted by all parties.

The Tennessee Democratic Party said in an email, “We have said from the very beginning that the Republican drawn maps in Tennessee weren't just gerrymandered but are absolutely illegal.”

On Wednesday (April 6, 2022), Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Director Brit Bender reported a three-judge panel granted an injunction against the Tennessee State Senate Maps after plaintiffs argued that the maps violated state law.

Bender said in the email, “Republican legislators will have fifteen days to remedy the illegal maps. If they are unable to do so the courts will impose an interim map for the 2022 State Senate elections. In addition, the candidate filing deadline for State Senatorial races has been extended from April 7, 2022 until May 5, 2022 at noon.”

WGNS spoke to Rutherford County Election Commissioner Alan Farley on Thursday afternoon (04/07/2022) and he confirmed Tennessee Senate candidates wanting to file documents to enter the race now have until May 5, 2022 to do so. Farley said the new filing deadline only impacts candidates running for state senate.

Currently in Rutherford County, Dawn White serves as Senator in District 13 and Shane Reeves serves District 14. Both are Republicans.

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Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Tennessee continues to challenge the Tennessee State House map.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Hendrell Remus said, “We will continue to support this legal effort. We believe that this case is imperative to making sure that every voter has fair representation. We will not allow power hungry Republican legislators to erode democracy in our state with these illegal maps.”

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