BLOUNTVILLE — With 10 days to go until the qualifying deadline for the August ballot, only one candidate has filed the necessary petition to run for one of four seats on the Sullivan County Board of Education (BOE).
Would-be candidates have picked up blank petitions for three of the four districts, including a potential challenger for one sitting incumbent.
Current BOE member Jim Kiss picked up a petition to seek re-election to his District 3 seat on March 10, according to information on file with the Sullivan County Election Commission.
On March 20, Sherri M. Plass, 109 Fairhill Road, Kingsport, picked up a petition to run in District 3.
BOE members Jack Bales and Betty Combs have also picked up petition to seek re-election — and Bales is the only candidate to have filed the completed form.
Two people have filed to run for county commission, where two seats will be on the August ballot. In all, six people have picked up petitions for those races — only one person for one seat, but five for the other seat.
In August, voters in two county commissioner districts will elect replacements to finish out unexpired terms of commissioners who died in recent months:
•In commission District 3, in the Bristol area, voters will elect someone to finish out the term of former Commissioner Ralph Harr, who died in late 2007. The county commission appointed his son, Jon Harr, to fill the seat until election in August.
•In commission District 6, in the Bloomingdale area, voters will elect someone to finish out the term of former Commissioner Howard Patrick, who died earlier this year. The county commission appointed his wife, Pat Patrick, to fill the seat until election in August.
As of Thursday afternoon, only one person had picked up a petition to seek a slot on the August ballot as a candidate for Harr’s commission seat. Bart Long, 711 Holston Ave., Bristol, picked up the petition in January and filed it — meaning he has already collected the required signatures and submitted the completed form to election officials — in early February, according to information on file with the Election Commission.
Five people have picked up petitions to run for Patrick’s seat: Bobby E. Brooks, 111 Chateuagay Road; Tim Earles, 731 New Beason Well Road; Matthew Johnson, 413 Ferncliff Drive; Rodger K. Jones, 216 New Beason Well Road; and Craig Ramey, 616 Newland Ave.
Johnson is the only District 6 commissioner candidate to have filed a completed petition.
Also in August, county voters will elect four members to the county’s BOE. Seats on the August ballot, along with their current occupants, are:
• District 1 — Jack Bales.
• District 3 — Jim Kiss.
• District 5 — Ron Smith.
• District 7 — Betty Combs.
County offices, including the Election Commission, were closed for Good Friday.
The August ballot also includes races for all the county’s constable districts.
To get on the ballot, would-be candidates for BOE, county commission, or constable must pick up a petition from the election office, collect at least 25 signatures from registered voters, and file the completed form with the Election Commission by noon on April 3.