In order to save taxpayers a little money, the Rutherford County Democrats and Republicans have chosen to hold caucuses to fill candidates for local offices.
"Money is tight right now, and holding a county primary with only one candidate for each office would have been wasteful of taxpayer dollars," said Jonathon Fagan, chairman of the Rutherford County Democratic Party.
Fagan announced a convention to be held on March 13 to nominate Democrats for the offices in the County General Election on Aug. 5.
Rutherford County Republican Chairman Rick Womick said his party will hold meetings to determine delegates for each of the 48 precincts in the county Sunday, Feb. 28.
Local Republicans interested in being delegates at its caucus should call the Rutherford Republicans headquarters at 893-7219 to find out where their precinct is meeting and qualification requirements.
The Republicans will then hold a delegate convention to nominate candidates for each of the county offices at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Historic County Courthouse.
Rutherford County voters will elect County Mayor, Register of Deeds, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Trustee and County Clerk.
The Democratic caucus will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Courthouse.
All attendees will be required to produce their voter registration card or photo I.D. before entering the hall, Fagan said.
Candidates who wish to be considered for nomination should contact the Rutherford County Democratic Party prior to March 1 at (615) 796-1472 and must meet all state and local requirements to hold said office.
Further details and a list of officers and contact information can be found at www.rutherfordcountydemocrats.org.
2010 is the first and maybe the last year in Rutherford County history that either Democrats or Republicans will nominate candidates for public office by convention. The decision to caucus is made by local party chairmen each election year.
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