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VOL. 128 | NO. 210 | Monday, October 28, 2013

Early Voting Opens in Three Suburbs for Boards

By Bill Dries

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Early voting in three of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities opens Monday, Oct. 28, at locations in Germantown, Bartlett and Millington for newly created suburban school boards.

Early voting expands Monday, Oct. 28, to three of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County electing school boards for their independent school districts.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

The early voting period for those cities and Lakeland in advance of the Nov. 7 election day began Oct. 18 at Shelby County Election Commission officers Downtown at 157 Poplar Avenue.

Early voting continues there and opens Monday through Nov. 2 at Bethel Church, 5586 Stage Road, in Bartlett; New Bethel Baptist Church, 7786 Poplar Pike, in Germantown; and Baker Community Center, 7942 Church Road, in Millington.

Those early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early voting in Lakeland is one day, Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Refuge Church, 9817 Huff N Puff Road.

There is no early voting period in Collierville and Arlington because the candidates for each position on those two school boards are all running unopposed.

Collierville and Arlington polling places will still open for election day on Nov. 7 along with polling places in the other four towns and cities.

The Lakeland method of election is unique in Shelby County. Voters in the school board elections there each select five names in a single list of six candidates. The top five vote getters among that single set of candidates are the five school board members.

Each of the school boards, except the Millington school board, has five members. Millington voters are electing a seven-member board.

Each of the six school boards will consist of members elected to city-wide or at large seats. There are no school board districts that divide the towns and cities into sections of representation.

Of the 17 school board positions across Millington, Bartlett and Germantown, only six are contested races.

Two are in Bartlett where Erin Elliott Berry and Alison Shores are competing for the Position 2 school board seat and David Cook and Sharon L. Farley are running for Position 5.

In Millington, there are three contested races. Oscar L. Brown and Cecilia Haley are running in the Position 2 race, Jennifer Ray Carroll and Tom Stephens for Position 6 and Donald K. Holsinger and Charles P. Reed in the Position 7 race.

The Germantown ballot features a single contested race, the three-way contest for Position 1 that features Edgar A. Babian, Linda Fisher and Paige Michael.

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