BLOUNTVILLE - With one month until the filing deadline, there seems to be a little interest from would-be candidates for local city governments and school boards.
Petitions to get on the ballot for upcoming city elections in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City have been available for pickup since late November at the Sullivan County Election Commission Office.
As of mid-week last week, only seven petitions had been issued, Administrator of Elections Gena Frye said.
No petitions had been issued by Frye's office for Kingsport's mayor's slot - but Mayor Dennis Phillips indicated to the Times-News in mid-December that he will seek re-election.
Only one petition had been issued for alderman in Kingsport - there are three seats on the May 15 ballot. A petition had been issued to Ray Cain.
Three seats on the Kingsport Board of Education will also be on the May 15 ballot. One petition had been issued, to Randall Montgomery.
Two petitions had been issued by Frye's office for two at-large seats on the Bristol City Council - to John Robert Harrison and to James E. Messimer.
No petitions had been issued for two seats on the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education.
Juvenile Court Clerk Gay Hillman, and Juvenile Court Judge Paul R. Wohlford have each picked up a petition to run for reelection.
One Bluff City alderman petition had been issued, to Betty J. O'Dell. There are three aldermanic seats on Bluff City's May 15 ballot.
To qualify for the ballot in any of the cities, candidates have to file a petition with the Election Commission no later than noon Feb. 15 - with at least 25 signatures from registered voters eligible to cast a ballot in the race in question.
Model City residents will elect a majority membership of both the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Kingsport Board of Education.
In Kingsport, incumbents whose seats are on the May 15 ballot are Mayor Dennis Phillips, Alderman Ken Maness, Alderman Ken Marsh, Alderman Larry Munsey, BOE member Susan N. Lodal, BOE member Wallace Boyd Jr. and BOE President Randall C. Montgomery.
Model City mayors serve two-year terms. Aldermen and BOE members serve four years.
In Kingsport, BMA and BOE members are not elected by district. Requirements to run include: must be a resident of the city; must be 18 years old; candidates for BOE must present a copy of high school or college diploma.
In Bristol, incumbents whose seats are on the May 15 ballot are Councilman William "Bill" Bingham (at-large member), Councilman James E. Messimer (at-large member), BOE member Steve Morgan (District 2), BOE member Beth W. Webb (District 4), Juvenile Court Clerk Gay Hillman, and Juvenile Court Judge Paul R. Wohlford.
Members of the Bristol City Council and BOE are elected to four-year terms, as is the juvenile court clerk. The juvenile court judge is elected to an eight-year term. Requirements to run include: must be a resident of the city for at least one year prior to May 15, 2007; must be 21 years old; candidates for BOE must present a copy of high school or college diploma.
In Bluff City, incumbents whose seats are on the May 15 ballot are Alderman Melvin Carrier, Alderman Lon Gene Leonard and Alderman Betty J. O'Dell.
Bluff City aldermen are elected to four-year terms and are not elected by district. Requirements to run: must be a resident of the city; and must be 18 years old.
For more information about the May 15 elections visit www.sullivancountyelections.org or contact the Sullivan County Election Commission at 323-6444.