The deadline to file a petition to run in the upcoming elections passed last Thursday at noon, and there are some familiar names on the list.
Several local offices are up for election. One person is running against incumbent Mike Sharp for the office of Claiborne County Road Superintendent — Bill Fultz, who currently holds the office of Mayor for the City of Harrogate.
School Board member for District One, Dot Patterson, is being challenged by William Stanley Ramsey and Todd M. Stone. In District Four, incumbent Dave Chesney is being challenged by Brian Pendleton. In District Six, the unexpired school board term of Dr. Roy Ellis was filled by the Claiborne County Commission at the March meeting, after his death. They appointed Shannon England to fill it until the August election, when she will run against Steve Brogan. District Seven’s member, Sam Owens, is unchallenged.
Assessor of Property Kay Sandifer is unopposed as is District Three County Commissioner Ann Bowling, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband Glenn after his death.
State races include the State Representative race, for which current Representative Dennis “Coach” Roach is running unopposed. The State Senate race is open, with the retirement of current Sen. Mike Faulk. No one filed to run in the Democratic Primary for that office; however, five people filed to run in the Republican Primary: Jeffrey Brantley of Union County, Cynthia Bundren Jackson of Hawkins County, Frank Niceley and Hobart L. Rice of Jefferson County and Mike Williams of Union County. Williams held the seat until he was narrowly defeated in the last election by Faulk.
The petitions, although returned, are not official until certified by the appropriate election commissions. Officials will ensure that petitions have the required number of signatures and that other qualifying criteria are met. Locally, the official certification will take place during the Claiborne County Election Commission’s April 16 meeting.