Knox County residents who live outside the Knoxville city limits may have felt left out this fall as the typically nonpartisan City Council election became a partisan mosh pit.
In 2022, everyone will step into the ring.
Every countywide office will be on the ballot this spring, meaning the attacks and mailers will be extended to every voter.
And because the county is majority-Republican, the May 3 primary could be the deciding vote for many offices that won’t have a Democrat or independent opponent. The sheriff’s race between current Sheriff Tom Spangler and former Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is one, plus the reelection campaignof county Mayor Glenn Jacobs.
What’s more, the Board of Education races will be partisan again for the first time in decades, likely changing the types of people who turn in their candidate petitions. Three incumbents have already opted out of another term.
After the local primaries in May, the state and federal primaries take center stage. The governorship and all state House seats are up for re-election, plus a handful of State Senate seats, too. Every U.S. representative in Congress will push for two more years as well.
So, start flexing your voting muscles now.
The spring will bring yard signs to place and plenty of reading material in your mailbox. Candidates’ volunteers will find your cell phone number and campaign workers will come to the door at the most inopportune time.
Full election schedule
The qualifying period for interested county candidates to register runs through Feb. 17. The county primary election day is May 3 with early voting open April 13 – 28.
The county general election is the same day as the federal and state primary on Aug. 4.
You have until Monday, April 4 to register to vote before the primary. Check your voter registration status at tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup. Not registered? You can find out how at sos.tn.gov/elections. You can also pick up voter registration applications in person at the following locations: Knox County Election offices, county clerk’s offices, Knox County libraries and register of deeds offices.
Here’s a look at who will be on Knox County ballots:
- Circuit Court Judge Division I
- Circuit Court Judge Division II
- Circuit Court Judge Division III
- Circuit Court Judge Division IV
- Chancellor Division I
- Chancellor Division II
- Chancellor Division III
- Criminal Court Judge Division I
- Criminal Court Judge Division II
- Criminal Court Judge Division III
- General Sessions Court Judge Division One
- General Sessions Court Judge Division Two
- General Sessions Court Judge Division Three
- General Sessions Court Judge Division Four
- General Sessions Court Judge Division Five
- Juvenile Court Judge
- District Attorney General
- Public Defender
- County Mayor
- Circuit Court Clerk
- Criminal Court Clerk
- County Clerk
- Register of Deeds
- County Commission, District 3
- County Commission, District 7
- County Commission, Seat 10
- County Commission, Seat 11
Board of Education
- Board of Education, District 1
- Board of Education, District 4
- Board of Education, District 6
- Board of Education, District 7
- Board of Education, District 9
The county general is the same day as the federal and state primary, Aug. 4. The federal and state general is Nov. 8.
Here’s a look at who will be on regional ballots:
- U.S. House races
- State Senate races (seats five and seven)
- All of the State House races