Complaint To Void Election Filed White’s Ballot Appearance “Unlawful”

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The day following the certification of the August 7 general election, Sheriff Bill Bivens filed a complaint in Monroe County Chancery Court, asserting that according to the laws of the state the ballots cast for Republican candidate Randy White should not be counted.

Bivens’ suit contended that White lacked the qualifications to stand for election as sheriff.

Cited by Bivens’ attorney Jimmy Bilbo of Cleveland as pertinent to the suit was Tennessee Code Annotated 8-8-102, which says a candidate for sheriff in Tennessee must have at least three years of full time law enforcement experience. According to a Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST, Commission investigation that took place prior to the election, White failed to build the required time despite his employment with the Vonore Police Department beginning in March 2012.

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