published Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Parties announce caucuses in chancellor race

The local Republican and Democratic parties are gearing up to make their nominees for the special election to fill the vacant judgeship on Hamilton County's Chancery Court.

Longtime Chancellor Howell Peoples retired March 31 after 32 years of service but four years before his term was set to expire in 2014.

Those running in the election, which takes place Aug. 5, would serve out Chancellor Peoples' unfinished term if elected.

The Democratic Party will have its caucus and pick its candidate at 1 p.m. May 15 at the North River Civic Center in Hixson. Applicants must submit a brief description of their qualifications by April 27 to be considered.

The Republican Party will have its caucus and pick a nominee at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the East Ridge Community Center on Tombras Avenue. Candidates must apply by April 29.

Two private Chattanooga attorneys have announced their candidacy. Valerie Epstein is a Democrat; Linda Hall is a Republican. Several more candidates are expected to join the race.

Those who do not win their party's nomination can run as independents. Independents must submit a petition with at least 25 signatures to the Hamilton County Election Commission by June 11.

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