Candidates And Causes
|August 7th is the date of the upcoming election.
Elections are basically a simple process. You the voters are the
employers. Your company (local government) has job openings. You the
voters owners of the company, yes you own your local government, will be
interviewing candidates, doing background checks and hiring who you feel
are the most qualified candidates to fill the job openings. If you the
voters choose the most qualified candidates, your company will run
smoothly and efficiently. It's important that you know the candidates
applying for a job in your company.
The August election will be a county general election and a state primary. When you go to the polls you will be asked if you want to vote in the state democrat or republican primary. Regardless which state primary you choose, all local Loudon County candidates will be on the ballot.
Running for the only countywide office is Loudon
County Property Assessor,
Mr. Jenkins is running unopposed.
The 1st district which includes the City of Loudon and some surrounding areas has two board members or seat "A" and seat "B".
Currently, seat "A" is held by Bill Marcus. Mr. Marcus is being challenged by Wendy Baustain. Seat "B" is held by Scott Newman. Mr. Newman is running unopposed.
The 3rd district, which includes Greenback and most of the area south of the Tennessee River, has one board member. The seat is currently held by Larry Bass. Mr. Bass is being challenged by Lisa Russell.
Like the 1st district, the 5th district has two board members, seat "A" and seat "B". Seat "A" is currently held by Freddie Gene Walker. Mr. Walker has two challengers. Gary Ubbin and Chris Clabough. Seat "B" is currently held by June Klinstiver. Ms. Klinstiver is being challenged by me, Van Shaver.
The 7th district, which is the Tellico Village area, has one board member. The seat is currently held by Nancy Paule. Ms. Paule is being challenged by Craig Simon.
There will also be two questions on the August ballot. Lenoir City residents will have the opportunity to vote on two changes to the Lenoir City Charter. Question 1 will be to change the City Treasurer/Recorder from an elected position to a position appointed by city council. Question 2 would change the charter to allow council to make emergency purchases.
On the county wide ballot, voters will get to vote for or against a $50 wheel tax.
The state primary will include U.S. Senate, US House, 21 State Legislative, and 32 State Legislative Districts.
There are a number of very
important matters coming up in the August election. Election day is
August 7th. Early voting July 18th-August 2nd at the Roane State Career
Center and the election commission office in the county building. Last
day to register to vote will be July 8th.