The Dyer County Election Commission has announced there will not be any primaries held for local offices in next year's elections.
Dyer County Election Administrator Anita Fowlkes stated both the Dyer County Republican and Democratic parties were sent letters asking if they intended to hold primaries for any of the upcoming elections in 2014. Fowlkes said they had until Nov. 22 to respond back in writing if they intended to do so. Dyer County Republican Party Chair Jim Horner sent a letter to the commission stating the executive committee of the Dyer County Republican Party decided their would not be any local primaries in 2014. Fowlkes stated the Democratic Party did not respond to the request and thus no primaries will be held on their behalf either.
The Republican Party stated they also held a caucus and nominated two people to run as Republicans in the Aug. 7, 2014, county election.
Fowlkes said the election commission office is already making preparations for next year's elections.
"Our office is gearing up for a busy year," said Fowlkes. "We are already preparing petition packets and will have them ready for the Jan. 3 pick-up date."
Petitions for the August elections will be available on Jan. 3 and must be turned in by the qualifying deadline of noon on April 3. The qualify deadline for the November election is May 23 at noon.
Federal primary elections: US senator, and US congressman
State primary elections: Tennessee governor, Tennessee representative, and Tennessee senator
County general elections -- Dyer County mayor, Dyer County Trustee, Dyer County district attorney, Dyer County sheriff, Dyer County public defender, Dyer County county clerk, Dyer County circuit court clerk, Dyer County register of deeds, Dyer County superintendent of roads, Dyer County commissioners, a portion of the Dyer County school board, Dyer County constables, Dyer County Circuit Court judge, Dyer County Chancery Court judge, Dyer County General Sessions Court judge, and Dyersburg City judge, and two Dyersburg City School Board positions.
Also, elections will be held for five positions on the Dyer County School Board
Federal elections- US senator, and US congressman
State elections - Tennessee governor, Tennessee representative, and Tennessee senator
City of Dyersburg elections: Dyersburg mayor, and Dyersburg aldermen
City of Newbern elections: Newbern aldermen that received the lower votes from the previous election will run again.