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Municipal elections just around the corner

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By Susan Sharp

Just as one election is over, another is on the horizon.

Towns and cities in Campbell County will be electing a variety of new leaders just as fall sets in.

In November the city of LaFollette will elect two new council members. Joe Bolinger and Bob Fannon currently hold the seats that are up for re- election. While Bolinger has returned a petition expressing his desire for another term, Fannon has yet to pick up a qualifying petition, according to election commission records. Aside from Bolinger, Max Scott Stiner is the only other would be candidate for a LaFollette City Council seat at this time.

The town of Caryville is set to elect three aldermen, one from each ward, for four-year terms. The remainder of two year unexpired term is also on the ballot. It was left open when Joe Heatherly died; his widow Vickie was appointed to the seat just after his death. She has returned a petition that will qualify her to run for the balance of the term, election commission records said.

Incumbents Chris Stanley and Mark Stanley have also met the qualification requirements and will be seeking another term in office. David “Eric” Smith returned his petition to seek a second ward alderman seat, election commission records said.

The town of Jellico has the largest number of seats on the ballot for the fall election. The mayor and six aldermen seats will be decided by the voters in Jellico when Nov. 2 rolls around. Seeking the mayor’s seat are Ramona Ivey, Tim Huckaby, John Lewis, Les Stiers, Mike Smith and Michael P. Johnson, according to election commission records. While Jeff S. Partin has also picked up a petition to run for the mayor’s seat, he has yet to return it. In the aldermen’s race Roy K. Young, Pamela Jo Carbaugh, Verita Johnson, Mike Smith and Tommy Bowlin have qualified to run for a seat, election commission records indicate.

Those who have yet to return their petitions have until Aug. 19 to turn them in. The withdrawal deadline is Aug. 26 at noon.

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