The Jefferson County Election Office has
released information regarding Jefferson County citizens that
have qualified for candidacy in the November 6, 2012 elections.
Open seats in both the County and municipalities government will
be on the November ballot, which also includes the lead ticket
Presidential election. Historically, Jefferson County
experiences a high volume voter turn out for the November
Presidential Election. This cycle, there will also be challenges
for two County Commission district seats that were vacated. The
County Commission appointed interim Commissioners to fill those
seats, pending the November election. District 3, which is the
White Pine District, had an empty seat due to the death of long
time Commissioner Musick. His wife, Rita Musick was appointed to
fill his seat until the November election. Three citizens have
returned petitions to run for the open seat in District 3.
Former County Commissioner Nina “Hoagie” Snodgrass, Roger
Cameron and Rita Musick have all been qualified and will be on
the November ballot. A District 7 seat became available when
County Commissioner Hubbard resigned this Summer. Jack Akard was
appointed to the open seat pending the election. Five residents
have qualified for the November election and will appear on the
ballot for the District 7 County Commission seat. Jack Akard,
Ginger Holbert Huskey, Vickie Sawtelle, Larry Howard and James
Parker have all declared their candidacy for the open seat.
The Town of Dandridge has three open seats
for Aldermen. Three sitting Aldermen have qualified their
petitions to run for those seats. Ken Thornhill, Pam Farrar and
Michael Nelson will run unopposed for the three open seats.
Current Mayor of Dandridge George Gantte will be unopposed for
the position of Mayor, as he seeks another term in the position.
Jefferson City has two open seats for the
City Council. Ann Cole, who is currently sitting on the Council
will seek re election, however Karen Smith will not be seeking
another term in office. Cole will face three challengers for the
two open seats. Stephen Lloyd, Dennis Melton, Darrell Helton and
Cole have all qualified for the November election and will
appear on the ballot. Bill Longmire also qualified his petition,
however later withdrew his name from the ballot.
New Market Aldermen Maurice Solomon and
Ross Cunningham have both qualified for the November election
and are unchallenged in their candidacy. Current Mayor Charles
Guinn will, also, be unopposed in his run for another term as
Mayor of New Market.
White Pine Mayor Stanley Wilder will be
unopposed in the November election, as he seeks another term as
Mayor of White Pine. Aldermen Curt Evans and Ann Strom will also
be unopposed for the two open seats on the Board of Aldermen.
The City of Baneberry will have a
challenged race as two candidates seek to fill the City Council
seat which was held by David Utley. Both Jessie Lunsford and
Robert Fandetti have qualified their petitions for the November
Early voting for the November 6, 2012
election will begin on October 17, 2012 and run through November