Jacksboro election slated for Saturday

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By Jennifer Caldwell


Jacksboro residents will be heading to the polls on Saturday. Two alderman seats are up for grabs in the biennial election.

According to Dean Sexton, Campbell County’s administrator of elections, turnout for early voting was “really light.” At the close of the early voting on Monday only 93 people had cast their ballots.

Incumbents Ray Green and Mattie Lou Nance are vying to retain their seats. Newcomer Jerri Starrett is looking to unseat either Green or Nance for a spot on the Jacksboro board. The top two vote getters will earn a seat on the city’s governing body.

Mayor Jack Cannon, Avery Burden and June Gwin Forstner will be up for re-election in 2013.

The election is open to all 1,324 of the city’s registered voters. While the 2009 election drew 196 voters, Sexton is hopeful more will exercise their right to vote on April 2. 

Jackboro Middle School will serve as the polling place for Saturday’s election. Sexton said the polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.