Election 2018 Is On
|The 2018 election season is officially underway. Last
Friday was the first day candidates were able to pick up their
qualifying petitions to seek office. To seek office in a county
election, a candidate must get at least 25 signatures of registered
voters from the district they are seeking office in or if a county wide
election 25 signatures of registered county voters.
A number of candidates have already picked up their petitions and a few have already returned their petitions and qualified. The list below from the Loudon County Election Commission shows the first day's activities.
There are already several contested races shaping up. Incumbent county mayor, Buddy Bradshaw, will be challenged by incumbent 6th District commissioner, Steve Harrelson. Incumbent Sheriff, Tim Guider, may see two challengers. Two Loudon city officers, Scott Newman and Marty Ward have picked up petitions to seek the sheriff's office.
Loudon County Court Clerk Darlene Russell announced earlier this year that she would be retiring at the end of her term. Two candidates, Lisa Bridges and Carrie McKelvey have both picked up petitions to run for that office. McKelvey currently works in the County Court Clerk's office for Darlene Russell. Bridges currently works in the General Sessions Court office for Lisa Niles.
In the 5th District race, former commissioner, Sharon Yarbrough has picked up a petition to challenge me for seat "B". The 6th District commission seat being vacated by Steve Harrelson who is running for county mayor, already has two candidates for that seat. Mark Matlock and Adam Waller have pick up petitions to run for that office.
Sadly, Lisa "Sue The Tax Payers To Death" Niles has already filed her petition to seek re-election. How sad is that. One might think she would be to embarrassed to ask anyone to vote for her. Guess not.
Qualifying will continue till 12:00 noon, February 15th. I suspect we'll see lots more candidates come forward by then.
I'll keep you posted.