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Republicans to face off for Washington County assessor of property

Robert Houk • Dec 31, 2019 at 9:41 AM

Former State Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, will challenge incumbent Scott Buckingham for Washington County assessor of property in the March 3 Republican Primary.

The two qualified for the race on Dec. 12.

Buckingham, who has been a building contractor since 1991, has served as assessor of property since August 2009. That’s when he was appointed by the County Commission to fill an unexpired term created by his predecessor’s sudden retirement.

He has been returned to the office three times, last winning re-election in August 2016 by defeating independent candidate Stanley Duane Shell with 64% of the vote.

Shell had previously worked in the assessor’s office as a deputy assessor.

Ford is a former Major League Baseball umpire who represented the 6th District in the state House of Representatives from 2007 until he was unseated by state Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, in the 2012 GOP Primary.

He lost the Republican race for Washington County trustee by 81 votes to former County Commissioner Rick Storey in 2018.

The March 3 Republican Primary ballot for assessor of property will also include GOP races for constables in three districts, as well as for the party’s presidential nominee. John E. Phillips in the 1st District, Rick “Gilley” Gillenwater in the 2nd District and John M. Daniel in the 3rd District are the only Republicans on the ballot for constable.

To vote in the primary, residents must register before Feb. 3. Early voting will begin Feb. 12 and end on Feb. 25..

Washington County’s Aug. 6 ballot will include the general election for assessor of property, constables and the District 2 seat on the county’s Board of Education.

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