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Write-in candidate registers for Ward 1 city council seat race

Jake Old • Sep 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A Lebanon resident has officially registered as a write-in candidate for the Lebanon City Council Ward 1 seat.

According to Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren, Carol Worthington registered Monday.

“She is a certified write-in candidate,” Warren said.

Per Tennessee law, in order for a candidate to receive credit for a write-in vote, they must previously register with the election commission. The deadline for write-in candidates to register is Sept. 19.

If a person is not registered as a write-in candidate, any write-in votes cast with that name would not count.

Joey Carmack, a clerk with Wilson County circuit court, is running for the Ward 1 city council seat, and until Worthington registered to be a write-in candidate, there were no other candidates for the seat who could receive votes.

As a write-in candidate, Worthington’s name will not appear on the ballot; Carmack’s will be the only name that appears.

“Her name will not appear on the ballot or anything else we put out,” Warren said. “She will pretty much do her own thing for this.”

City council positions for Wards 1, 2 and 5 are on the ballot this year, as well as the city’s mayor.

Robert ‘Tick’ Bryan is running unopposed for the Ward 5 seat. Marilyn Bryant, Fred Anthony Burton and Liz Reese are running for the Ward 2 seat. Bernie Ash, incumbent Philip Craighead and Derek Dodson are the candidates in the mayoral race.

Early voting will be Oct. 19 through Nov. 3 for the federal, state and municipal elections in Wilson County. 

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