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With candidate deadline looming, some Hawkins city races short on contenders

Jeff Bobo • Aug 14, 2018 at 11:40 AM

ROGERSVILLE — With the deadline looming to qualify for Hawkins County’s Nov. 6 municipal elections, three cities still don’t have enough certified candidates for the seats that are up for grabs.

Every city in Hawkins County has a municipal election on the ballot for the Nov. 6 state and federal general election, but the deadline for local candidates to qualify is Thursday, Aug. 16, at noon.

As of the end of business hours Monday, Surgoinsville had only one candidate qualified for its three contested alderman seats; Church Hill had only one candidate qualified for its three contested alderman seats; and Bulls Gap had only one candidate qualified for its two contested alderman seats.

What city seats are up for election?

Mount Carmel will elect three aldermen for the seats currently held by Garrett White, Eugene Christian and Margaret Christian.

Church Hill will elect three aldermen for the seats currently held by B.D. Cradic, Mark Drinnon and Billy Kyle Housewright.

Surgoinsville will elect three aldermen for the seats currently held by Dennis Anderson, John Sandidge and Tim Hoss; and the mayor’s seat, which is currently held by Merrell Graham.

Surgoinsville will elect three of its five city school board seats currently held by Barbara Combs, Gerald Trent and Scott Trent.

Bulls Gap will choose two aldermen for the seats held by Glenn Snelson Jr. and Betsy Shipley; and a mayor, who is currently Jimmy Sexton.

Bean Station, which is mostly in Grainger County but has a small section in Hawkins County, will elect a mayor (Terry Wolfe), and two aldermen (Mickey Ankrom and Steve Winstead).

The current candidate scorecard

Mount Carmel: Alderman candidates who have already qualified include incumbent White; and challengers James Gilliam, Melinda Fleishour, Darby Patrick, Denise Livesay and Pat Stillwell. Steven McLain has picked up a petition.

Church Hill: Incumbent B.D. Cradic has qualified; and challengers Keith Gibson and Michael Bell have picked up petitions.

Surgoinsville: Incumbent Merrell Graham and challenger Larry Dykes have qualified for mayor. Incumbent John Sandidge has qualified for alderman; and challengers Matthew Somers and Michael “Mickey” Wilcox have picked up a petition.

Rogersville: Incumbents Barbara Combs, Gerald Trent and Scott Trent have qualified for Rogersville City Schools BOE, as have challengers Julie Phillips and Andrew Poe.

Bulls Gap: Betsy Shipley and Charles “Chuck” Johnson have qualified for mayor. Current Mayor Jimmy Sexton has qualified for alderman, and incumbent Glenn Snelsen Jr. has picked up a petition.

Bean Station: Ben Waller and Jimmie Seals have qualified for mayor, and Patsy Winstead Harrell has picked up a petition. Sandra Wieber, Mickey Ankron, John McMurray, and Eddie Douglas have qualified for alderman. Junior Sizemore has picked up a petition.

Important dates for the Nov. 6 election

After the Aug. 16 noon deadline to qualify for a municipal election, the next important date is Aug. 23 at noon, which is the candidate withdrawal deadline.

The deadline to become an official write-in candidate is Sept. 17.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9.

Early voting in Hawkins County for the Nov. 6 election will be Oct. 17 through Nov. 1.

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