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Two Sullivan BOE seats on ballot uncontested

April 3rd, 2014 11:39 pm by Rick Wagner

Two Sullivan BOE seats on ballot uncontested

BLOUNTVILLE — Only one of three Sullivan County school board seats on the August ballot will be contested, based on filings that met the noon Thursday deadline in the Election Commission office.

According to information from the office, in District 4 incumbent Board of Education member Robyn Johnson Ivester filed March 21, challenger Michael W. Hughes filed Tuesday and challenger Bruce Reed filed Wednesday.

However, District 2 incumbent and school board Chairman Dan Wells is unopposed.

So is District 6 incumbent Jerry D. Greene, who filed Feb. 26. Seth McKee picked up a petition for that seat but did not file it by Thursday's noon deadline.

Ivester lives in Piney Flats and teaches in Johnson City's school system. She was first elected to the board four years ago, in 2010.

Michael Hughes of the Hickory Tree community near Bluff City first ran for a school board seat in 2012. He is a Teamsters union representative for Virginia UPS workers.

Reed has not sought a school board seat in the past.

The board and school system are involved with a pending facilities study and long-term strategic plan, as well as taking over operation of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee since Kingsport is withdrawing from a two-year joint agreement to fund and operate the grades 6-8 program.

County school board seats are nonpartisan, four-year terms and will be filled in the Aug. 7 Sullivan County general election

Ivester currently represents District 4 but redistricting put District 7 incumbent Betty Combs into District 4. Combs can continue on the board two more years until her term expires but could not seek re-election in District 4 at that time. Hughes ran for Combs' seat in 2012.

The ballot is not yet set in stone. Candidates have until noon May 14 to withdraw their qualifying petitions and thus their names from the August ballot.

BOE member Todd Broughton, who represents District 3, was redistricted into District 5, represented by Randall Jones. The District 5 seat will be on the ballot in two years, meaning District 3 will have no incumbent.

The four BOE seats not on the ballot this year will be on the ballot in August of 2018.

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