Donley misses qualifying deadline; appeals to local election board

Candidates running for statewide office in the 2002 election were required to file nominating petitions with the State Election Commission by Thursday.
   The state primary is August 1 and the General Election is November 5.
   In the local General Assembly races, Judy Donley, who had announced plans to seek the Republican nomination in the Fourth District Tennessee House race, filed her qualifying papers three minutes past the deadline. Tracey Harris, Administrator of Elections, for Carter County said Donley had appealed to the local Board of Elections, which had forwarded the appeal to the state board in Nashville. "We have not received a reply from them yet," Harris said Friday afternoon.
   Donley had hoped to oppose incumbent Ralph Cole and newcomer Jerome Cochran in the Republican primary. Cole is seeking his seventh two-year term in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He is opposed by Elizabethton attorney Jerome Cochran. Donley ran as a candidate two years ago, but was defeated by Rep. Cole in the primary.
   In the Third Tennessee Senate District, Sen. Dewey "Rusty" Cole of Johnson City is opposed by Kevin Cole, also of Johnson City. The winner of the Republican primary will appear on the November ballot along with the names of Richard Dale Gabriel of Gray, a Democrat, who is unopposed in the August primary, and Charles Mattioli, an Independent. The Third Senatorial District includes Washington and Carter counties.
   Other local candidates, who have filed papers with the Carter County Election Commission, include Sara Sellers, Johnson City, for Tennessee State Committeewoman, Third District, Republican Primary; and Helen B. Tester, Jonesborough, Tennessee State Committeewoman, Third District, Democrat Primary.
   Primary candidates for Tennessee State Committeman, Third District, include Kelly Wolfe, Jonesborough, Republican; and Thomas C. Jessee, Johnson City, Democrat.
   Candidates seeking the Democrat nomination for Governor include Luther Best, Dean Brasington, Phil Bredesen, Charles V. Brown, Floyd R. Conover, Randy Nichols and Charles Smith.
   Republican candidates for Governor include Jim Henry, Van Hilleary, David Kelley, Jessie McDonald and Bob Tripp.
   For the U.S. Senate race, Democrats who have qualified as primary candidates include Bob Clement, Gary G. Davis, Michael L. Hampstead and Alvin M. Strauss.
   Seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate are Robert N. Bonner, Lamar Alexander, Ed Bryant, James E. DuBose, Christopher G. Fenner, June Griffin, Mary Taylor Shelby and Michael Brent Todd.
   Congressman Bill Jenkins of the First Congressional District of Tennessee is opposed in the Republican Primary by Robert N. Bonner and Larry P. Edgell.