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County Executive race has three in the field

It is still 11 months before a winner is crowned, but the Warren County Executive race is off and running. Two challengers have already emerged, while the incumbent, Jimmy Haley, made it known this week he will be seeking re-election.

Haley assumed the role of County Executive on Sept. 1, 2018 when he was sworn in by state Sen. Janice Bowling. He won with 55.5 percent of the vote (5,434 total), beating Terry Bell, Ray Hixson and Allie Hyatt in the 2018 general election.

“As always, I am here to serve all Warren County residents while addressing the needs of the community we love. Everyone's support has been crucial to our success,” said Haley in a statement ran first on the Warren County Sports Authority Thursday. “So, it is with great respect for our nation, state and county that I announce my candidacy for re-election as Warren County Executive.”

Haley was McMinnville’s Mayor when he was elected in 2018. He resigned his duties as Mayor the night before being sworn in as County Executive. Haley was in the midst of his second term as Mayor – he was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 – before taking over as County Executive. He was a three-term alderman before becoming Mayor.

He will have a challenger in 2022. Already, Joseph Stotts and Terry Bell have made announcements that they will be seeking the republican nomination while running for County Executive. It will be Stotts’ first run at the position, while Bell will be back in the race after pulling in 3,067 votes in 2018.

Stotts first became an elected official in Warren County in 2018, winning a seat on the county commission in District 3. Stotts was the top vote getter in his district four years ago, when he and Richard Grissom took office. Stotts made his bid for the office public June 24.

“After much prayer and after almost three years of serving on the Warren County Commission as a District 3 County Commissioner, I feel blessed to announce my candidacy for County Executive of Warren County,” Stotts said in his campaign announcement on the WCSA. “As a Christian, I believe in dedication, responsibility, and putting the needs of others before my own. I believe in standing for what is true and just and I am certain I can put Warren County first and stand by the word of God.”

Bell was a county commissioner for 16 years before he had to give up his seat to seek the County Executive position in 2018. He is looking to get back to serving the community in 2022, something he’s done for over 30 years as an elected official and volunteer in the Midway community.

Bell and Stotts will see each other on the ballot first as they both seek the republican nomination. The primary is set for Tuesday, May 3, 2022. The qualifying deadline for the primary is Feb. 17, 2022.

Bell and Haley each ran as independents in 2018. Haley did not make an indication in his opening campaign announcement on if he will be seeking a nomination in the primary. If Haley runs as an independent, he will automatically be in the general election Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

All candidates can be found on Facebook:

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Stotts -

Bell -

The Warren County Sports Authority is offering all 2022 candidates (challengers and incumbents) the option of announcing their intentions to run on our website. There is no charge to the candidate for their announcement, it is free and accessible to all readers and it is in their own words. The WCSA only provides the platform.

Please bookmark our Elections 2022 tab: more announcements in the future!

The Warren County Sports Authority was established in August 2020 and has reached over 70,000 visitors in its first year. Editor-in-chief Jeffery Simmons is the lone employee and he has voted in both republican and democrat primaries since turning 18 in 2004. Simmons has only publicly endorsed three local candidates – his brother Brett Simmons (mayor race, 2020), his stepfather John Morgan (sheriff race, 2018) and his grandfather Norman Rone (mayor race, 2012). He also wanted the junior float to beat the seniors on homecoming in 2010.

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