|Believe it or not, the time to qualify for city
elections is here and some candidates are wasting no time in picking up
their petitions. Friday was the first day for candidates for Greenback,
Lenoir City and Loudon city elections to pick up their qualifying
petitions for the November 2nd elections.
In Greenback, the mayor and all four council seats will be on the ballot. In Lenoir City, the mayor and three of the six council seats, Mike Henline, Buddy Hines and Gene Hamby's seats, will be on the ballot. Also two of the four school board seats will be on the ballot. In Loudon, the mayor and all four council seats will be on the ballot.
The dynamics in the Lenoir City election could be very interesting to watch. As expected, councilman and chief deputy, Tony Aikens has already picked up a petition to run for Lenoir City mayor. Current Lenoir City mayor, Matt Brookshire, is running for county mayor. If Brookshire looses his bid for county mayor, he would still have plenty of time to qualify to run for re-election as Lenoir City mayor.
Things also look like they might get interesting down in Loudon. Two current Loudon city councilmen have already picked up petitions to run for mayor. Lewis "Charlie Brown" Garner and Mike Cartwright apparently want the top job. It is unknown if long time mayor Bernie “Inky” Swiney plans to seek re-election.
Candidates for any of the city elections have until 12:00 noon August 19th to file their qualifying petitions. Below is the candidate list. I will update the list as more candidates pick up petitions.