It appears that Republican State Representative Chad Faulkner – TN36 has had a change of heart, and decided not to run for Union County Sheriff. From the article:
State Rep. Chad Faulkner, R-Luttrell, said Tuesday he will seek re-election to another term representing House District 36 rather than run for Union County sheriff.
“My heart tells me I need to be here (at the Legislature),” said Faulkner. “I prayed and prayed over this.”
While considering entering the race for Union County sheriff, Faulkner requested an attorney general’s opinion on whether a deputy sheriff could legally run for the office of sheriff in a non-partisan race. Faulkner is a deputy in Knox County, though he has been on unpaid leave of absence, and the sheriff’s race in Union County is non-partisan.
According to the article, the State Attorney General also raised questions as to whether a sheriff deputy could run in a partisan race at all, something that has implications for Faulkner, as well as some candidates for Shelby County Sheriff.
Faulkner is also sponsoring legislation requiring written copies of complaints against Law Enforcement officers, and Firemen, signed by the complainant, be provided to the officers in question.
The list of people who have pulled petitions for the seat include: Johnny Chad Faulkner, Keith Clotfelter, Brian S. Whitson, Stanley Marlow, Dennis Powers, and J.C. White. Unfortunately, the Union County Election Commission site doesn’t list the party these petitions are pulled under.
Tomorrow is the filing deadline for all state and federal candidates. I’m sure we’ll have more clarity on this and other races by then.