Anderson, Campbell ballots set for August 4th

Ballots are set for the August 4th elections in Anderson and Campbell counties.

Here is a look at the ballot in Anderson County. Three people are running to serve the remainder of an unexpired term on the County Commission in District 8. Robin Biloski resigned that seat last year and Angeleque McNutt was appointed to serve until the August election. She faces challenges from Myra Mansfield and Phil Yager.

Shain Vowell, an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officer and member of the Rocky Top City Council, is unopposed to serve the remainder of Zach Bates’ term on the Commission representing District 4. Bates had served a four-year term starting in 2010, but he did not seek re-election to County Commission in August 2014, the same year he unsuccessfully challenged Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank in the Republican primary. Former Anderson County Budget Director Chris Phillips, who was city recorder in Rocky Top at the time, was elected to County Commission in the Fourth District in August 2014 but resigned from County Commission the next month when he returned to Anderson County government as budget director. County Commission then appointed Bates back to the seat in October.

There are two contested seats for the Anderson County School Board on the ballot. In District 3, incumbent Dail Cantrell is opposed by Scott Daugherty and in District 8, incumbent Zenith Rickey Rose is facing a challenge from Andy McKamey.

In addition to Commission District 4, three county races are uncontested. In School Board District 4, incumbent John Burrell is unopposed as is District 8 incumbent Glenda Langenberg. Anderson County property Assessor John Alley Jr. is also unopposed in August and will serve another four year term.

Incumbent 33rd District State representative John Ragan is unopposed in the Republican primary for that seat but will face opposition in November’s general election from Democratic write-in candidate Herman Collins. Michael McKamey’s name appears on the ballot for the democratic primary but withdrew from consideration, leaving Collins—currently an officer in the Anderson County Democratic Party—as the lone candidate on that side of the ballot.

Incumbent 36th District State Representative Dennis Powers is also unopposed in the August GOP primary but will be opposed by Lafollette Councilman Bob Fannon in November. Fannon is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In Campbell County, Property Assessor Brandon Partin is unopposed. Incumbent Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck faces a challenge from John Daugherty.

The Campbell County School Board District 1 race pits Lisa Clawson Fields against Lonnie James. The District 2 race will be contested between Charles Adam Daugherty and Brent Lester. Incumbent District 3 School Board member Johnny Byrge faces challenges from Justin Letner and Travis Thompson. Board chair Mike Orick is unopposed in District 4 and in District 5, Alvin “Coach” Evans and Ned Smiddy will vie for the seat.

Incumbent US Congressman Chuck Fleischmann faces two challengers in the GOP primary—Allan levene and Geoffrey Suhmer Smith. Three candidates are on the democratic side of the ballot and they are Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. The winners of the August primaries will face off in November’s general election.

The deadline to be able to register to vote in the August 4th election is July 5th. In Anderson County, the Election Commission office will be closed but voter registration forms will be accepted as long as they are postmarked by the 5th. Early voting begins July 15th and ends July 30th.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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