Three Republican candidates have qualified for county office as of Friday morning, near the end of the first week of qualifying, according to Blount County Republican Party chairman Greg Reid. Democratic Party chairman Jim Kilgore reports no Democratic candidates have qualified as yet. Qualifying candidates and offices • Rodney Green, Blount County Board of Education superintendent • Gary Stricklin, Blount County Commissioner, District 4 • Jason Fuller, Blount County Board of Education, District 5 (Appalachian/Southeastern) • Pamela L. Casey, District Attorney (state office)
Green and Stricklin are both incumbents. The incumbent for the District 5 Board of Education job is Chris Latta. The qualifying period ends in less than a month, on Nov. 6. The primary election will be March 1, 2016, and the general election is Nov. 8, 2016.