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Four candidates qualified by the March 6 deadline to run for the seat of Circuit Court Judge in the May County Primary.

The seat was vacated with the unexpected death of former Judge C. L. Buck Rogers, who passed away Feb. 27. Since Rogers was running unopposed for reelection, the office of the Secretary of State later that day issued a statement the qualifying date for that race would be extended seven days.

Those qualified to run include Joe Thompson, attorney for the City of Gallatin; Randall Stamps, Hendersonville attorney; and Attorney Mark Smith.

The position of a fifth candidate, Gallatin Attorney Thomas Boyers V, is still active and pending. Boyers pulled papers to qualify as an Independent, but was only given the petition after he filed a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to preclude the seven-day qualifying window. He was first told he could only pull a petition as a Republican.

County Law Director Leah Dennen said Boyers was initially denied the opportunity to pull papers as an Independent at the mandate of the state election commission.

Sumner County Administrator of Elections Lori Atchley said last Thursday, she was given instruction to issue the petition to Boyers after receiving the restraining order and had received the petition back, but that was where it had stopped. Atchley said until she receives further instruction from either the state or the court, she is unable to qualify Boyers for the race.

Boyers, whose case will be heard Friday, March 28 at 1 p.m., in Sumner County Chancery Court, said he is looking forward to having his day in court.

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