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Qualifying deadline near for elections

Citizens of several municipalities in North Hamilton County will be selecting representatives in the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, for which the qualifying deadline for candidates is Thursday, Aug. 16 at noon.

Two commissioner seats in the city of Lakesite and three in the city of Soddy-Daisy are on the ballot. Red Bank will elect a commissioner-at-large as well as representatives from Districts 2 and 3.

Those interested in vying for the positions must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the respective municipality, a registered voter and collect 25 signatures on a petition supplied through the Hamilton County Election Commission.

“We need 25 good signatures, so we encourage people to get 30, 35 or 40 total signatures,” said Hamilton County Administrator of Elections Charlotte Mullis-Morgan. “By good signatures we mean someone who is a registered voter in the district where the candidate is running.”

Candidate financial reports are not due to the Election Commission until after the candidate has qualified, Morgan said.

Candidates who have picked up petitions for Lakesite Commission include Russell Collins, Tony Clark, George Stout and incumbents John McPherson and David Howell.

Eddie Pierce, Terry Pope and David Rhea Smith picked up papers to serve as at-large commissioner in the city of Red Bank. Vying to represent District 2 on the Red Bank Commission are incumbent Mayor Monty Millard and Rick Causer. Incumbent Kenneth Welch is the only candidate to qualify so far for District 3.

Candidates who have picked up papers to run for Soddy-Daisy Commission are David Smith, Mark Bivens, Patti Skates, Les Jewell and incumbents Geno Shipley and Mayor Jim Adams.

Voters who are unable to be present during regular voting for the Nov. 6 election in which these seats will be determined may pick up an absentee ballot between Aug. 8 and Oct. 30.

For more information contact the Election Commission at 493-5100.

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