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A potential Tennessee gubernatorial candidate has sued top state Democrats who ousted him from their 2014 ballot for not being "bona fide" under party rules.

The Chattanooga City Council's November vote to grant health benefits to employees' domestic partners was "deaf to and inconsiderate of Chattanooga voters" and should be overturned at the ballot box, its chief opponent said Thursday.

The local primary election is about three weeks away, but registered voters who already have their picks can fill out their ballots starting today.

A 25-year-old corrections officer seeking the Republican nod for the county register of deeds post says an internal investigation against him at the Hamilton County Jail started as a "personal issue that was taken too far." And he says the findings of the investigation have nothing to do with his ability to oversee deed filing for the county.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

A Hamilton County commissioner, a lawman and a lawyer are vying for the soon-to-be vacated Circuit Court Clerk post.

A 25-year-old corrections officer is challenging a five-term incumbent for the Republican nod for the Hamilton County register of deeds post.

Democrats in Hamilton County will have to decide whether they will stand behind the 20-year incumbent Criminal Court clerk or vote in new blood.

The District 8 Commission race has called a former commissioner back to politics and beckoned East Ridge's mayor to seek a county post. Both will challenge Commissioner Tim Boyd in the May 6 Republican primary.

With contests in the Democratic and Republican primaries, there is no question that the District 7 Hamilton County Commission race is the most active of all local races going into the May 7 election.

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