Monroe sheriff's candidate faces lawsuit

A Republican candidate for sheriff in Monroe County now faces legal action. The chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Randy White and the election commission.

Last week the commission that oversees law enforcement officers in Tennessee, or POST, announced Randy White isn't certified to be on the ballot. White is challenging current sheriff Bill Bivens, who is a Democrat.

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The lawsuit asks a judge to remove White from the ballot and block any votes already cast in his favor.

The POST commission ruled that White didn't have enough full-time law enforcement experience to meet state requirements to run for sheriff, but they didn't find out until after the election commission certified him.

The administrator of elections says if White wins the popular vote, he will be sheriff.

An attorney for POST says Bivens could challenge the results with a lawsuit.


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