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Four want to be the next Hickman County General Sessions Judge, which is being vacated for the first time in three decades.

Four others would like to be Sheriff, including the incumbent. The Mayor’s race has three, two of them challengers. And the Register of Deeds is a two-person contest, as it was in 2010.

For the first time in decades, all Board of Education seats on the ballot – there are three of them – are contested.

Cheryl Chessor, Ronald Coates, Casey Dorton and Dana Nicholson have no opposition to another four-years in office.

And 19 of the 21 members of the Legislative Body want another term, while 16 challengers will oppose at least some of them – except in District 4, where John Deal, Mark McFarlin and Keith Nash are unopposed for new terms. Only Ron Puckett, the leading vote-getter four years ago, and Charles Booker are not seeking re-election.

That’s the gist of the map that emerged last Thursday from the Hickman County Election Commission, when noon passed and the ballot for the August 7 Hickman County General Election became fixed, unless one or more withdraw by the April 10 deadline for that.

The ballot also includes elections for Highway Commission member – four of the seven seats are contested – and for Constable, where three of the seven positions have more than one candidate.

The August ballot also will include candidates for 21st Judicial District positions, where only the Public Defender’s position is contested; for state House and Senate positions; for the governorship, for a U.S. Senate seat and the U.S. House seat.

The long ballot also will include a judicial retention election.

Citizens who wish to cast a ballot must register to vote by July 8. Early voting begins July 18th.

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