Hawkins County is in the midst of its busiest election year in the four-year cycle, with nearly every county elected office up for grabs in the May 1 primary and then the Aug. 2 general election.
The Aug. 2 election also coincides with the state and federal primaries, which in Hawkins County features a contested race for the 9th Tennessee House of Representatives Republican nomination being sought by incumbent Gary Hicks and challenger Melville Bailey, both of Rogersville.
There’s also a seven-way race for the Hawkins County mayor’s seat featuring Republican Jim Lee; Democrat David Bailey; Independents Dennis Deal, John Neubert, Danny Breeding and Roy Edward Spears; and official write-in candidate Kelly Markham, who finished second in the Republican primary.
Five of of the seven county commission districts have a contested race on Aug. 2, as do the four Board of Education Seats on the ballot in Districts 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Hawkins County municipal elections
Petitions are available at the Hawkins County Election Office in Rogersville for the Nov. 6 municipal elections, which also coincide with the state and federal general elections.
Mount Carmel has three alderman seats that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, including those held by Eugene Christian, Margaret Christian and recently appointed Garrett White.
As of Wednesday, James L. Gilliam and Melinda Danielle Fleishour had picked up petitions.
Church Hill will elect three aldermen. The seats held by B.D. Cradic, Mark Drinnon and Billy Kyle Housewright will be on the ballot.
Surgoinsville will elect the mayor and three aldermen seats held by Dennis Anderson, John Sandidge and Tim Hoss.
As of Wednesday, one potential mayor candidate, Larry Dykes, had picked up a petition.
Rogersville has the three Rogersville City School Board of Education seats currently held by Barbara Combs, Gerald Trent and Scott Trent on the ballot.
As of Wednesday, Julie Phillips and Andrew Poe had picked up petitions.
Bulls Gap will elect a mayor and two aldermen seats held by Glen James Snelson Jr. and Betsy Shipley.
Bean Station, which is mostly in Grainger County but has a small neighborhood in Hawkins County, will elect a mayor and two aldermen seats held by Mickey Ankrom and Steve Winstead.
As of Wednesday, one potential alderman candidate, Sandra Wieber, had picked up a petition.
Important election dates to remember
June 13: The last day a write-in certificate will be issued for a candidate’s name to be counted in the Aug. 2 election.
July 3: Voter registration deadline for the Aug. 2 election.
July 13-18: Early voting for the Aug. 2 election.
Aug. 2: Election Day, Hawkins County general election, state and federal primaries.
Aug. 16 at noon: Qualifying deadline for Nov. 6 municipal elections.
Aug. 23: Withdrawal deadline for Nov. 6 candidates.
Sept. 17: Deadline for write-in candidates for the Nov. 6 municipal elections.
Oct. 9: Voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election.
Oct. 17 to Nov. 1: Early voting for Nov. 6 election.
Nov. 6: Hawkins County municipal elections, state and federal general elections.