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After Some Controversy, Weakley County Has a New Election Administrator

Alex Britt took office Tuesday as Weakley County, Tennessee's new administrator of elections, after being approved last month by the county election commission.

Britt's bid was endorsed by Tennessee state Rep. Andy Holt. Previous election administrator Barbara Castlemanalleged that Holt replaced three Republican election commissioners in order to ensure that Britt would get the job.

Britt said he respects the election commission and the process that he and four other candidates went through.

“I knew what I was signing up for when I asked to be considered to be administrator," Britt said. "This is politics and this is a political appointment.”

Britt brings a background in the manufacturing industry to the post, which pays around $60,000 a year. He said he has plenty of experience in Weakley County's elections.

"I've been involved in party politics, recruiting candidates, campaigning, poll watching - pretty much every aspect of elections that has happened in this county except administering elections, which I am very excited for the opportunity to get into that," Britt said.

Britt will soon be busy, as next Friday, September 11, marks the first day for issuing nominating petitions for 2016’s Tennessee primary, set for March 1.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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