Dates for special elections concerning the filling of the 17th Senatorial district seat have been assigned. Governor Bill Haslam issued a writ of election setting the primary date for November 7th and the general election for December 19th. This gives those in DeKalb County a chance to select an interim successor to Senator Mae Beavers, who has chosen to resign her seat and run for Governor. The person chosen will serve in the State Senate for one year until the regular election cycle which takes place in August 2018. Early voting for the primary election will be held from October 18th through November 2nd. Early voting for the general election will run from November 29th through December 14th. The qualifying deadline for candidates is set for Noon September 28th and the last day to register to vote will be October 10th.