VITAL POLICY – Governor Lee Signs Partisan School Board Elections into Law, Jefferson County Republican Party Calls Primary

Governor Bill Lee signed multiple bills into law late Friday that were enacted in the Third Extraordinary Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, among those House Bill 9072 authorizing partisan school board elections, supported by Representatives Jeremy Faison, Andrew Farmer, and co-sponsored by Senator Frank Niceley (SB9009).

Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, expecting Lee’s signature on the bill, voted unanimously to call a primary election for races in School Board Districts 1 and 3 for the May 3, 2022, primary. Candidates wishing to run for school board as a Republican in those districts can pick up qualifying petitions on Monday December 20, 2021. The deadline to qualify is Noon on Thursday February 17, 2022. Independent candidates have the same qualifying period.

Any questions concerning deadlines or Qualifying Petitions should be directed to the Jefferson County Election Commission Office, Charles Gibson, Administrator of Elections, Phone 865-397-3440.

Source: David Seal is a retired Jefferson County educator, recognized artist, local businessman, and current Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. He has also served Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and is a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain, property rights, education, and broadband accessibility on the state level.