The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –
In the wake of Rep. Bill Beck’s (D-Nashville-District 51) unexpected passing earlier this week, his constituents are faced with the task of electing a new representative to finish out the rest of his term.
According to the Davidson County Election Commission a special primary election is set to take place on August 3rd of this year.
Until a special election can be held, the position will be filled by someone appointed by the Metro Council.
June 6th was the first day to pick up a qualifying petition for the District 51 special primary and potential candidates have until noon on June 22nd to file their petitions.
Once a petition is filed, the deadline to withdraw will be June 26th.
After the special primary takes place in August, the district’s special general election will be held on September 14th. According to the Election commission, if needed, a Metro runoff election will also be held that day.
District 51 voters should check to make sure they are registered to vote by July 5th for the special primary and by August 15th for the special general election.
A separate special election, for District 52, will be held this summer too as a result of Rep. Justin Jones’ (D-Nashville-District 52) suspension from the House earlier this year.
District 52’s special primary election will take place on June 15th and their general election for Jones’ seat is set for August 3rd.
About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Adelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.