The Montgomery County Election Commission is gearing up for the March 3 presidential preference primary and the Montgomery County Republican and Democratic primaries.  

Six local candidates have qualified and will appear on the ballot for the positions of circuit court judge part V to fill an unexpired term, the assessor of property position and the office of highway supervisor.

Republican Katy Olita will seek to retain her seat as a circuit court judge.

Olita was appointed as circuit court judge part V in October, and this will be her first time on the ballot.

Republican Erinne Hester will vie for assessor of property.

Hester was appointed to her post in December 2013 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.  

They will run uncontested unless someone qualifies as a write-in candidate. The deadline for write-in candidates is Jan. 13 at noon. 

Four candidates, two Republicans and two Independents, will run to replace Highway Supervisor Mike Frost.  

Frost said he decided not to run again due to personal reasons.

Frost was appointed as highway supervisor in January 2006 and ran for re-election in 2008, 2012 and 2016, according to Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Elizabeth Black.

In the March county primary, Republicans Jeff Bryant Jr. and Kevin Griffy will face each other. Independents Stayton Black Jr. and Bryan Knight will appear only on the August ballot.

Sample ballot soon to be released

Once the Montgomery County ballot is approved by the state, the election office will publish it locally.

On the March 3 ballot, voters will need to choose a party since the election is a presidential preference and Montgomery County primary for the Republican and Democratic parties, according to Black.

“Both parties will have a choice for president, but only the Republican side will also have presidential delegates,” Black said. “The Republican party chooses for those to be elected by the people, where the Democratic Party chooses the caucus to elect them.”

Since the election involves a presidential primary, Black said she expects a good turnout.

“We will still have some voters who will just choose to vote in November,” Black said. “Having the local contested race will likely help bring some people out, too.”

The voter registration deadline for the March election is Feb. 3.

Any Montgomery County resident who needs to register to vote, change their name or change their address can do so at govotetn.com.

By mail, voter registration applications are available at all local post offices and the public library.

To register or update a registration in person, visit the Montgomery County election office at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 404, in Clarksville. The election office will be open Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon to assist any voters with registration before the deadline.

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