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VOL. 122 | NO. 238 | Friday, December 14, 2007

Assessor, Court Clerk Candidates Unchallenged in Primaries

By Bill Dries

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Two of the four Shelby County primary elections on the Feb. 5 ballot will be one-candidate affairs.

Incumbent General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner effectively won the GOP primary for his position at today’s filing deadline for candidates in the Feb. 5 primaries. And Cheyenne Johnson won the Democratic primary for Property Assessor.

Each was unopposed at the noon deadline in their respective races. They will advance to the August county general election ballot.

In the GOP primary for Property Assessor, local Republican party chairman Bill Giannini will have three rivals: John Bogan, Randy Lawson and Betty Boyette. Boyette ran for City Court Clerk this year.

Incumbent Property Assessor Rita Clark, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election and is backing Johnson as her successor.

In the Democratic primary for General Sessions Court Clerk, Otis Jackson and attorney Jerome Payne will battle for the right to face Turner in the general election. Jackson ran for County Clerk in 2006 and also has run for Shelby County Register of Deeds in past elections.

Also filing at the deadline was Robert J. Mathews Jr., an independent candidate for General Sessions Court Clerk who advances to the August general election.

The candidates who met today’s filing deadline have until noon Dec. 20 to withdraw if they wish. The Shelby County Election Commission then will certify the ballot, and early voting will start in January. The county primaries will share the ballot with the national Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

Look for a more detailed story on the field of candidates and the races in Monday’s edition of The Daily News.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 23 298
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 68 559
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0