MARION COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION

COUNTY OFFICES

COUNTY MAYOR (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must be a qualified voter of the county
Must be at least (25) years of age
Must reside in the country at least (1) year prior to filing a nomination petition
Must reside in the county throughout the term and may not hold any other public office for profit during the term.

COUNTY CLERK (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must reside within the county

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must reside within the county wherein the court is

PROPERTY ASSESSOR (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must reside within the county
No member of the County Commission may hold the office of Assessor TCA 67-1-503

REGISTER OF DEEDS (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must reside within the county

TRUSTEE (4 YEAR TERM)
Must conform to all general qualifications
Must reside within the county

FEDERAL OFFICES

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2, (2 year term)

Must be a citizen of the U.S. for (7) years
Must be at least (25) years of age
Must reside in the state when elected

UNITED STATES SENATOR
U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, (6 year term)

Must be a citizen of the U.S. for (9) years
Must be at least (30) years of age
Must reside in the state when elected

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Sec.1 (5), (4 year term)

Must be a natural born citizen
Must be at least (35) years of age
Must be a resident within the United States for (14) years prior to the election

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
TCA 8-18-101.
Persons over the age of 18 who are citizens of the United States and of this state, and have been residents for the period required by the office they seek, are qualified to hold office except for the following:

Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship by the courts or departments of Paroles;
Those against whom there is a judgement unpaid for any moneys received by them in any official capacity, due to the United States, this state, or any county thereof;
Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election;
Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States and;
Members of Congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

VACANCIES
TCA 8-48-101
Any office in this state is vacated by the following:

By the death of the incumbent;
By the resignation when permited by law;
By ceasing to be a resident of the state, or of the district, circuit, or county for which he or she was elected;
By the decision of a competent tribunal, declaring the election or appointment void or the office vacant;
By an act of the General Assembly abridging the term of office, where it is not fixed by the constitution;
By the sentence of the incumbent, by any competent tribunal in this or any other state, to the penitentiary, subject to restoration if the judgement is reversed, but not if the incumbent is pardoned; or
By due adjudication of the incumbent’s insanity.

DISQUALIFICATIONS
TCA 40-20-114
Every person convicted of a felony or an infamous crime and sentenced to the penitentiary, either on the state or federal level, is disqualified from qualifying for, seeking or holding any office under the authority of this state unless and until such person’s citizenship rights have been restored by a court of competent jurisdiction.

JUDICIAL OFFICES

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT JUDGE (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101;
Shall be thirty-five (35) years of age, a resident of the state for five (5) years.
Shall be learned in the law, evidenced by being authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee.

TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8–18–101;
Shall be thirty (30) years of age, a resident of the state for five (5) years.
Shall be learned in the law, evidenced by being authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee.
Shall reside in the grand division of the state from which they seek election.

TENNESSEE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS JUDGE (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
Shall be a citizen of the United States, thirty (30) years of age, a resident of the state for five (5) years.
Shall be learned in the law, evidenced by being authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee.
Shall reside in the grand division of the state from which they seek election.

CHANCELLOR (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101;
Shall be thirty (30) years of age and shall before the election, have been a resident of the State for five (5) years and of the circuit or district one (1) year.
Shall be learned in the law, evidenced by being authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee.

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE / CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
Shall be thirty (30) years of age and shall before the election, have been a resident of the State for five (5) years and of the circuit or district one (1) year.
Shall be learned in the law, evidenced by being authorized to practice law in the courts of Tennessee.

GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
Shall be thirty (30) years of age and shall before the election, have been a resident of the state for five (5) years and of the circuit or district one (1) year.
Shall be licensed to practice law in this state.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
Shall have been a resident of the State five (5) years, and of the circuit or district one (1) year.

DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENDER (8 YEAR TERM)
Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
Shall be a duly licensed attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state, and shall have been a resident of the state for five (5) years and of the judicial district for one (1) year.

SHERIFF

SHERIFF – (4 YEAR TERM)

Must conform to all general qualifications
No member of the General Assembly nor practicing attorney may serve as Sheriff
Must file form SS-3064 with the county election commission with the nominating petition affirming the following facts:
Must be a citizen of the United States
Must be at least (25) years of age prior to the date of qualifying for the election
Must be a qualified voter of the county
Must have a High School Diploma or its equivalent as recognized by the Tennessee State Board of Education
Must not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty (including nolo contendere) to any felony charge or any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances; so long as said violation involves an offense that consists of moral turpitude a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;
Must be fingerprinted and have the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation make a search of local, state, and federal fingerprint files for any criminal record. Fingerprints are to be taken under the direction of the TBI. It shall be the responsibility of the TBI to forward all criminal history results to the POST Commission for evaluation of qualifications;
Must not have been released, separated or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States with a Dishonorable or Bad Conduct Discharge, or as a consequence of conviction at a court martial for either state or federal offense;
Must have been certified by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or psychological fields to be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd Edition (DSM III) or its successor, of the American Psychiatric Association; and
Must possess a current and valid peace officer certification as issued by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, as provided in Section 38-8-107, as defined in Chapter 8 of Title 8, within (12) months prior to the close of qualification for the election for the office of sheriff. TCA 8-8-102 (b), TCA 8-8-101
In the event that certification for peace officer is inactive or no longer valid, proof of the intent to run for the office of sheriff shall be presented to the POST Commission for approval to take the POST certification examination, provided all requirements are met as set forth in subdivision (1) through (8) of this subsection and those set by the Commission (this entire section doesn’t apply to Metro governments where the sheriff doesn’t have law enforcement powers).

Any person seeking the office of sheriff shall file with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, either prior to the qualification deadline for such office, or after filing the qualifying petition for such office, an affidavit sworn to and signed by the candidate affirming that the candidate meets the requirements of this section. If such affidavit is not filed with the POST Commission by the withdrawal deadline for the office of sheriff, such candidate’s name shall not be placed on the ballot.

The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission shall verify POST certification on any person seeking the office of sheriff who meets these provisions. The original notarized verification form from the POST, along with such person’s nominating petition shall be filed with the county election commission. In the event that a person seeks the election to the office of sheriff by the County Legislative Body to fill a vacancy in office, such verification must be filed with the County Clerk prior to the election. TCA 8-8-102(c)

Not withstanding any provision of this act to the contrary, a current and valid Peace Officer Certification issued by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission or training that is approved by or meets the standard on minimum hours required to be certified by the POST Commission is not a requirement for a person to initially qualify for election to the office of sheriff. However, if such a person qualifies to run for the office of sheriff and is elected to the office, such person shall be required to enroll in the first recruit training program offered by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy available to such person after taking office. Any cost associated with obtaining such POST certification shall be paid by the county. For such person to qualify for the office of sheriff in any subsequent election, the person must have completed such recruit training program and have obtained POST certification during such person’s first term of office as sheriff. TCA 8-8-102(e)(1)

Post Commission certification listed in item 8 above is not necessary for a person to initially run for sheriff. However, they must complete POST certification during their first term (4 years) or they cannot qualify to run for a second term. TCA 8-8-102(c)

General Information (615) 741-4461
Exam Schedule (615) 741-4448
TBI (615) 741-0430
Tn. Sheriff’s Assoc. (615) 885-7511

STATE OFFICES

GOVERNOR – TENNESSEE
Tenn. Constitution, Article 3, Section 3, (4 year term)

Must be a citizen of the U.S. and a citizen of this state for (7) years prior to the election.
Must be at least (30) years of age
Must conform to all general qualifications

STATE SENATOR
Tenn. Const., Article 2, Sec. 5(a) & 9, (2 year term)

Must be a citizen of the United States
Must be at least (21) years of age
Must reside in the state for at least (3) years
Must reside in the county at least (1) year prior to the election
Must be a registered voter of the district
Must conform to all general qualifications

STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Tenn. Constitution, Article 2, Sec. 6(a) & 10, (4 year term)

Must be a citizen of the United States
Must be at least (30) years of age
Must reside in the state for at least (3) years
Must reside in the county at least (1) year prior to the election and be a registered voter of the district.
Must conform to all general qualifications

MARION COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION

109 ACADEMY AVENUE * JASPER, TN 37347

PHONE: 423-942-2108 FAX: 423-942-1082

[email protected]

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.