Candidates have a little more than month to file petitions to run in the 2022 Loudon County Republican and Democratic Primary Elections on May 3.

Elections Commissioner Susan Harrison said the candidate filing deadline is Feb. 17.

The first day to issue a petition was in December. More than three dozen candidates have picked up petitions to run for 24 seats, but the majority have not yet filed.

A candidate for countywide office must live within the county and have 25 signatures of registered county voters to be able to file. Candidates for district offices must live within their districts and have signatures from 25 registered voters living within their district to file.

The primary election is particularly important in Loudon County because of the large numbers of Republican candidates that are not opposed by Democrats or Independents. The winner of the May primary will remain on the ballot for the Aug. 4 General Election but, if not opposed by another party’s candidate, has essentially already won the seat.

The decision by longtime Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider to not seek reelection opens up the seat to all comers for the first time in 32 years. The deadline for sheriff candidates to file with the Tennessee P.O.S.T. Commission is Feb. 3.

The Loudon County Road Superintendent seat is also open with the decision of incumbent Eddie Simpson not to run again. The deadline for those candidates to file with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board is Feb. 3.

Other seats up for grabs in the primary include Loudon County Mayor and Loudon County Commission seats A and B in District 1, District 2 and District 5 and single seats in District 3, 4, 6, and 7.

Other seats opening up include Loudon County Trustee, General Sessions Judges in Division I and II, Circuit Court Clerk, Loudon County Clerk, Loudon County Register of Deeds and Loudon County Board of Education seats A and B in District 2 and District 5 and single seats in District 4 and District 6.

The deadline to request military or overseas absentee ballots for the May primary was Jan. 1. Other absentee ballots must be requested by Feb. 2. The last day to process an absentee ballot is April 26. The last day to register to vote in the primary is April 4.

Early voting will be held April 13-28 with the exception of Good Friday on April 15.