After Some Controversy, Weakley County Has a New Election Administrator

Sep 1, 2015

Statue of former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter in front of the Weakley County Courthouse

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 Castleman alleged 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.