Monday, November 1, 2010

Election Day Decisions To Be Made

A relatively cool and overcast day is facing voters in Putnam County Tuesday as they head to the polls to vote for their representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly and help elect a new governor, and a new congressman for the Sixth Congressional District. Incumbent Congressman Bart Gordon chose not to run again, while Governor Phil Bredesen is term-limited. In the state legislature, incumbent Representative Henry Fincher, a Democrat from Cookeville, is facing Republican Ryan Williams of Cookeville for the 42nd District seat. Incumbent Charles Curtiss is unopposed in the 43rd District. Meanwhile, Democrat incumbent Charlotte Burks of Monterey has two opponents in her bid to get re-elected to the State Senate from the 15th District. Republican Gary Steakley is one of them, and Independent candidate Joe B. Wilmoth is the other. Also Tuesday, voters will be deciding whether to add wording to the Tennessee Constitution concerning the right to hunt and fish. Residents of Cookeville will be deciding whether to allow the sale of alcohol in retail stores, and voters in Algood will be voting on a liquor by the drink referendum. Polls at Putnam County's 25 voting precincts open at 9 am and close at 7 pm.