The deadline for candidates who qualified last week to run for office in the May 1st Anderson County primary elections to withdraw their names from the ballot came and went at noon on Thursday.
Only two people withdrew their names from the ballot–Rocky Top Mayor Michael Lovely and Samantha Ashley–both dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Circuit Court Clerk before Thursday’s deadline. That leaves only embattled incumbent William Jones, who it was revealed this week has been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment, and former County Mayor Rex Lynch, who was forced to resign that office in 2011 after being indicted on sales tax fraud charges, on the ballot for May 1st.
There were no changes in other races.
Incumbent County Mayor Terry Frank is being challenged in the republican primary by Commissioner Steve Emert.
Three Republicans will appear on the ballot in the primary for Trustee and they are Clinton Mayor Scott Burton, 911 Director Regina Copeland and School Board member Scott Gillenwaters. The lone Democrat in the Trustee’s race is Ebony Capshaw of Oak Ridge.
Three Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for Sheriff and they are 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Russell Barker, Oak Ridge Police Officer Lewis Ridenour and longtime Deputy Mark “Hollywood” Whaley. Chief Deputy mark Lucas is the lone Democrat in the race seeking to succeed his boss, the retiring Paul White.
Incumbent County Clerk Jeff Cole is being challenged in the repubclian primary for that post by businesswman Leesa Arowood.
Incumbent register of Deeds Tim Shelton will be challenged by Rocky Top City Manager Michael Foster in the Republican primary.
Incumbent Republican Road Superintendent Gary Long is unopposed in both primaries.
Early voting for the May election begins April 11th, lasting through April 26th and, again the primary itself is May 1st. April 2nd is the final day to register to vote in time to be able to vote in the May election.
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