With the passing of the qualifying deadline yesterday at noon, the ballot is officially full for the local fall election. In LaFollette, council members Joe Bolinger and Ann Thompson have multiple contenders for their current seats. These incumbents are being challenged by five candidates.
Former city mayor Cliff Jennings, Arnie Meredith, Mark Hoskins, Jaye Mitts and Michael Hammons have all qualified to seek a seat on the council. The top two vote getters among this field of seven will gain council seats.
In Caryville, each ward has a seat coming open on the aldermen board.
Vickie Heatherly, ward one, David Smith, ward two, and Beth Lawson, ward three, have all qualified to run for the spots on the board, according to election commission records. None of them is facing any opposition.
The town of Jellico has all of its seats on the ballot with multiple candidates seeking the opportunity to serve the town.
Current Mayor Forster Baird has qualified to run for his seat. He will be challenged by Dwight Osborn, James F. Morris, Sr., and John Clifton.
Alderman incumbents Alvin Evans, Elsie Crawford, Louise Walden, and Sarah McQueen have all qualified to run for reelection, election commission records indicate.
Others who have qualified to run for an alderman position are Charles Vermillion, Gerald J. Neal, Robert Hicks, Sandy Terry, Stan Marlow, Suzette Davenport and Tonia Brookman.
Also on the ballot is the fourth district school board seat left vacant after Mike Orick’s sudden death earlier this year. His wife, Jennifer was appointed by the Campbell County Commission to fill the seat until a special election could be held. She has to run for that seat in November. Noah Smith has also qualified to run for that seat.
All candidates have until Thursday, Aug. 23 at noon to withdraw from the election.
The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/17/2018-6AM)