Everything you need to know about Chattanooga, TN’s Aug. 6 election

The last day to register to vote is July 7. | NOOGatoday

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Aug. 6 is quickly approaching + you need to know that date because it’s when local residents will vote in the Tennessee primaries and the county general election.

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the polls. 

Important dates 

You can register to vote in an election, 30 days before the election. More in-depth information here. That means the last day to register here is July 7.

Last day to request an absentee ballot: July 30

Last day to return a completed absentee ballot: Aug. 6

Early voting: July 17-Aug. 1

Find your district 

School board districts have the same boundaries as county commission districts. 

To find your district, click here. Go to “voter information” at the top, horizontal bar, then scroll down to “my voter information.”

You can enter your information here to find your state legislative districts.

What to bring 

You do not need a Real ID. 

You need identification though and that can be a driver’s license, state handgun carry permit, passport, military ID, veteran ID, TWIC card, or federal employee identification. 

Early voting sites

County Election Commission | 700 River Terminal Rd.

Brainerd YFD Center | 1010 North Moore Rd. 

Collegedale City Hall | 4910 Swinyar Dr.

Hixson Community Center | 5401 School Dr.

Absentee voting 

If you’re a registered voter and don’t want to vote in person because of COVID-19, you can request an absentee ballot by mail. 

You can vote in-person during early voting or on election day, or you can register for an absentee ballot by mail due to COVID-19 this year.

If you would like to vote via absentee ballot, you can fill out this request form + submit it before July 30. You can submit the form by emailing + attaching the completed request.

In Hamilton County, you can email the form to Kerry Steelman at the Hamilton County election commission here.

You must submit a request for an absentee ballot now to vote in the Aug. 6 election and again to vote in the November election. The dates to submit a request for an absentee ballot are between Aug. 5 and Oct. 27.

You can find more information here

The ballot 

Editor’s note: We found little or no information for some candidates. If your information isn’t here and you want to share it with us, email [email protected]. Also, (I) means incumbent

First up, Democrats + Republicans are vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is currently taken by Lamar Alexander, R-Maryville, who isn’t seeking re-election. 👇

United States Senate – Democrat

Marquita Bradshaw | Memphis human rights + environmental justice advocate, Bradshaw supports medicare for all, fully funded quality education opportunities, living wages + worker’s rights. 

Gary G. Davis | Davis has run for senate and president in the past. 

Robin Kimbrough | A graduate of Nashville’s Fisk University and Atlanta’s Emory University, Kimbrough believes health care is a human right, wants criminal justice reform, equal pay for equal work, more resources for teachers + environmental protections. 

James Mackler | A Nashville attorney, Iraq war veteran + Tennessee National Guardsman, Mackler supports health care for all and increasing the minimum wage. He believes climate change is the biggest threat to national security. 

Mark Pickrell | Hailing from Oak Ridge, Pickrell is an ordained Baptist deacon who has a seven-point plan for economic security that involves increased insurance availability and flexibility, simplified pension plans, and more accessible education without excessive student debt. 

United States Senate – Republican

Clifford Adkins | No candidate information

Natisha Brooks | She’s the owner/director of The Brooks Academy, a home-school institution that serves learners from grade-school through collegiate studies. A self-described “conservative constitutionalist,” she supports small businesses and college tuition based on the annual cost of living, according to Ballotpedia’s candidate survey. 

Byron Bush | He wants to “drain the swamp,” and wants to guide the president’s selections for judges. Bush wants to limit the federal government to essential functions + supports strong border security. 

Roy Dale Cope | Pharmacist, small business owner + military veteran, Cope wants to ensure COVID-19 supplies and tests are available to everyone. He wants to improve care for veterans + is pro-life. 

Terry Dicus | He has a law firm in Savannah, TN, called The Dicus Firm.

Tom Emerson Jr. | Emerson is a Tea Party candidate who has run for office before. 

George S. Flinn Jr. | A business owner + physician, Flinn prioritizes becoming less dependent on foreign nations, has a plan to deal with COVID-19, and wants to tackle the national debt by getting to the root of the problem.  

Bill Hagerty | The Vanderbilt Law School graduate aligns himself with President Donald Trump and said police are the only thing standing between the public and anarchy. He wants to end human trafficking and illegal immigration. 

John Henry | This pro-life candidate wants a strong national defense, a reduction of government regulations, and protection for second amendment rights. 

Kent A. Morrell | The Knoxville resident is a small business owner who wants to restore “civilian oversight of health-related federal agencies,” more support for veterans, such as job security, better education + border security. 

Glen L. Neal Jr. | Neal’s website says a coup is underway. He wants to remove all Super PACS and said a “common citizen” needs to be elected to represent the state he loves. 

John E. Osborne | Osborne is a small business owner who wants government reform, supports the president’s border wall, and wants to work on solutions to lower health care costs. 

Aaron L. Pettigrew | He’s running to “push the federal government back within its Constitutional limits,” and said he will be loyal to constituents, not party. 

David Schuster | The Navy veteran is originally from Massachusetts and has also been a small business owner. 

Manny Sethi | He’s an orthopedic trauma surgeon from Hillsboro, Tennessee, who is pro-life and wants to empower local leaders to combat the opioid crisis. He’s the son of two legal immigrants and supports the president’s efforts to build a border wall. 

United States, House of Representatives, 3rd District – Democrat

Meg Gorman | She’s a Chattanooga resident who graduated from Notre Dame High School, who wants to enact and enforce term limits for all appointments and elected positions. She supports automatic voter registration and a different pay structure for members of Congress.

United States, House of Representatives, 3rd District – Republican

Chuck Fleischmann (I) | He’s been in this office since 2011 and is a fiscal and social conservative, who thinks government spending to curb rising unemployment is counterproductive and that our tax system isn’t supporting the country’s growth.

Tennessee Senate, 10th District – Democrat

Glenn Scruggs | He’s the assistant chief of police at the Chattanooga Police Department, who was raised in Avondale. He wants fully funded public schools, common sense criminal justice reforms, and has a plan for economic mobility in Tennessee. 

Tennessee Senate, 10th District – Republican

Todd Gardenhire (I) | He’s held this office since 2012. He is currently a senior vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and has a B.S. in Business Administration from UTC. In 2019-2020, he has been assigned to the fiscal review committee, pensions and insurance committee, finance ways and means committee, judiciary committee, and state + local government committee. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 26th District – Democrat

Joan Farrell | Her No. 1 priority is to have a living wage for every Tennessean. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 26th District – Republican

Robin T. Smith (I) | She’s a long-time Republican activist who has had this office since 2018. She said she worked to maintain the availability of Telemedicine for Tennessee patients and wants worker protections added to the state constitution. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 27th District – Democrat

No qualified candidate 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 27th District – Republican

Patsy Hazlewood (I) | She’s a retired AT&T executive from Signal Mountain. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 28th District – Democrat

Yusuf Hakeem | The former Chattanooga City Council Member ran on a platform that involved increased job training and affordable housing opportunities. He also supports quality schools and prison reform. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 28th District – Republican

No qualified candidate 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 29th District – Democrat 

No candidate qualified 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 29th District – Republican
Mike Carter (I) | Hailing from Ooltewah, Carter supports constitutional liberties, fiscal responsibility, and wants to stop “government overreach.” 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 30th District – Democrat 

Joseph Udeaja | He wants better healthcare, more local jobs, more community involvement, a better environment, and improved education. 

Tennessee House of Representatives, 30th District – Republican
Esther Helton (I) | A nurse by profession, Helton wants health care reform and more support for public education. 

State Executive Committee, 10th Senatorial District (unexpired term)

Demetrus Coonrod | Coonrod is currently a member of the Chattanooga City Council who supports rights for convicted felons, electing progressive leaders, and equality for all. 

General Sessions Judge, Div. 3 (unexpired term)

Gerald Webb Jr. | No candidate info. 

County School Board, District 1 

Rhonda S. Thurman | Thurman has been on the school board for 16 years and has earned a reputation for speaking her mind. She recently voted against the school board budget because “it included $6 million in a new literacy adoption,” because it’s too expensive and puts pressure on teachers, she said. She also said now is not the time to give raises to teachers. 

Stephan E. Vickers | A lifelong Republican, Vickers wants to “add his years of experience as a data analyst to the school board, which would help during the budget process and finding ways to best utilize the funding they receive.” 

County School Board, District 2 

Tom Decosimo | The local businessman has been endorsed by and previously served on the board for the conservative think tank, Hamilton Flourishing. 

Marco Perez |  He’s a local entrepreneur and business + finance consultant who wants to strengthen early intervention programs, make sure computers and books are available for everyone, promote value to teachers publicly, and expand Future Ready Institutes. 

County School Board, District 4 

Tiffanie Robinson | She’s served since 2016 and wants to continue working toward increased transparency, accountability in the school system + more community involvement in schools. She wants equity in schools and outlines progress on each of these issues online. 

County School Board, District 7 

Debbi Meyers | No candidate info

Joe Wingate | Check out his Facebook page for insight. 

Town of Lookout Mountain Commissioner 

Jim Bentley

Walker Jones

David S. Paschall

Brooke Pippenger

Frank Schriner 

Town of Lookout Mountain School Board 

Haven Glascock

James M. Haley

Karen C. Welborn