Some senior local officials announced Tuesday, December 28 that they were changing parties from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal, Rhea County Administrator Neva Webb and Rhea County Circuit Court Clerk Jamie Holloway joined local Republican Party members at the Phil Swafford building to announce change.
Local Republican Party officials said the move will need to be approved not only by the local party, but also by the state’s Republican Party. Once approval is finalized, Neal, Webb and Holloway will be able to submit eligible petitions to run in the Republican primaries and run as Republicans in the county general election.
Rhea County will soon be preparing for a big election year in 2022, which includes local, state and federal elections.
On May 3, 2022, voters in Rhea County will go to the polls to vote in a variety of primary elections that include primary elections for circuit court judge, chancellor, district attorney, attorney general , County Administrator, General Sessions Judge, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk and Deeds Register.
Candidates for each of those positions were able to retrieve a qualifying petition from the Rhea County Election Commission last week, December 20. Candidates must return their qualifying petition with valid signatures to the electoral commission by noon on February 24, 2022. Voting for the May 3 primary begins on April 13 and ends on April 28.
On August 4, those who ran for the primary will run for the general election. Also on August 4, voters in Rhea County will go to the polls to vote for the Rhea County School Board, Rhea County Commission and Spring City Commission.
Candidates for the School Board, Rhea County Commission, and Spring City Commission can pick up a qualifying petition on February 7, 2022, and it must be returned to the Rhea County Election Commission by noon on April 7, 2022. Advance Voting for August Election 4 begins on July 15 and ends on July 30.
The 2022 final election takes place on Tuesday, November 8, when voters head to the polls to vote for the governor, the United States House of Representatives and the Tennessee House of Representatives. Early voting for the November election begins October 19 and ends November 3
For more information on the election or to register to vote, visit www.rheavote.com or contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-6111.