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Special election to be held after Beavers resignation

A special election will be held this Fall in all the counties making up the Seventeenth State Senate District. State Senator Mae Beavers announced her resignation, creating a vacancy in the State Senate seat.

Tennessee law requires a special election be called by the Governor to replace a vacant senate seat if the vacancy occurs twelve months or more before the next state general election. The next regular State General election will be on November 6, 2018, fourteen months away. Governor Haslam will set the dates for the primary and general special election by signing a writ of election within 20 days of the vacancy being created.

There will be a primary and a general special election held to elect a State Senator to serve the remainder of the term which ends in 2018. The primary special election will be 55 to 60 days from the date of the writ of election and the General special election will be held 100 to 107 days from the date of the writ. Qualifying deadlines, withdrawal deadlines and Early Voting dates will also be determined by the writ of election the Governor issues. Wilson County will be reimbursed by the State for all costs associated with this special election.

When the Governor sets the dates for the Special Election a calendar will be available at the Wilson County Election Commission office and on their website at The calendar will detail all the pertinent dates and deadlines associated with the Primary and General Special Election.

Wilson, Cannon, Dekalb, Smith, Clay and Macon Counties make up the Seventeenth Senate District. All six counties will hold special elections this Fall at the same time to elect a someone to fill the vacancy.

To learn more about this special election, voting and how you can be involved with Wilson County elections contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or online at

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