Early voting for the August 7 federal and state primary and Shelby County general elections begins July 21 and runs through August 2.
It is a packed ballot with far reaching implications on a variety of fronts. In particular, the entire county judiciary — nine Circuit Court seats, three Chancery Court, two Probate Court, 10 Criminal Courts, and 15 General Sessions, and the Juvenile Court judgeship — is up for re-election, though 11 of those races are uncontested.
On the state level, voters will be asked to vote retain or replace three Supreme Court Judges, 10 members of the Court of Appeals, and 10 on the Court of Criminal Appeals.
The Circuit Court, Criminal Court, Juvenile Court, Probate Court clerk positions are also up for grabs as are the County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, and Assessor of Property.
Elsewhere in Shelby County, voters will get to determine whether to re-elect Republican Mayor Mark Luttrell to a second term or give the job to either Democratic nominee Deidre Malone or one of two independent candidates, Leo Awgowhat or Charles Nelson.
On the law-and-order front, Luttrell successor’s as Shelby County Sherriff, Bill Oldham, is running for re-election against challenger Bennie Cobb, and in one of the most watched races of the year, sitting District Attorney General Amy Weirich is up against TV judge Joe Brown to retain her office.
On a hyper local level, Cooper-Young residents will have to choose between three candidates to represent the Shelby County Commission’s District 10, of which the neighborhood is a part: Democratic nominee Reginald Milton, Republican Geoff Diaz, and independent Chris Boyd. The neighborhood will also be selecting between Chris G. Caldwell and Freda Garner-Williams for the Shelby County School Board’s District 1.
Cooper-Young will also be voting in the primary for the District 29 Tennessee Senate seat currently held by Ophelia Ford, and, depending on what part of the neighborhood they live in, the 91st Representative District of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The District 90 House seat, which also covers part of Cooper-Young, is uncontested for Rep. John J. DeBerry, Jr. Eight candidates (four Republicans, including incumbent Bill Haslam, and four Democrats) will also be vying in the primary for governor.
The 9th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Steve Cohen and one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, the occupied by former Governor Lamar Alexander, are up for grabs in primary voting.
There are 25 early voting sites throughout Shelby County, including three — Mississippi Boulevard Baptist Church, Greater Lewis Street Baptist Church, and Glennview Community Center — within a few minutes of Cooper-Young.
For more information of polling stations, candidates, and voter registration, and other election matter, visit the Shelby County Election Commission at shelbyvote.com.