From the good folks at the Knox County Election Commission:
As we had anticipated, Gov. Haslam today issued the Writ of Election for the vacancy of Office of State Representative, District 14, as a result of Ryan Haynes’ resignation on May 27, 2015. And, as we had specifically requested, Gov. Haslam has set the date of Wednesday, August 12th to hold the primary elections for nominations by statewide political parties and has further set the date of Tuesday, September 29th to hold a general election to fill that vacancy.
Therefore, the Knox County Election Commission (“KCEC”) will immediately begin issuing qualifying petitions for that election. The qualifying deadline for those petitions will be Thursday, July 2nd at NOON and the withdrawal deadline will be Thursday, July 9th at NOON. Early voting for this primary election will begin on Thursday, July 23rd and will run thru Friday, August 7th.
The KCEC would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank both former Rep. Haynes and Gov. Haslam for coordinating fully with this office by taking their respective actions when they did. By doing so, both have ensured that the Writ of Election sets election dates which will save substantial costs for the State of Tennessee and will minimize confusion for the voters of Knox County by eliminating one additional election date for this special election since the date of the general election for this house seat will now be the same as the election date for the City of Knoxville Primary Election on September 29th.