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County mayor, sheriff to seek re-election

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

dlawrence@roanecounty.com

County executive, all 15 county commission seats and several other offices are up for grabs  in next year’s General Election.

Candidates can start picking up petitions on Jan. 1. The qualifying deadline is April 1, and Election Day is Aug. 5.

County Executive Mike Farmer has already stated his intentions to seek another term. So has Sheriff Jack Stockton.

Both were elected to their first terms in 2006.

Former Rockwood mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said staying actively involved with his son’s extracurricular activities while holding the position as CEO of Roane County would be too difficult for him.

Miller said that’s why he’s not interested in running for Roane County executive.

“Numerous people have approached me and asked me to run, but I am not considering running,” Miller said.

Though filing hasn’t yet started, some people are already making political moves.

Stockton, County Attorney Tom McFarland, Randy Ellis and Mona Gardner Wright have filed Appointment of Political Treasurer statements with the election commission.

According to the statements, Wright is seeking the circuit court clerk position. Former school board chairman Earl Nall is listed as her treasurer.

Ellis is seeking a commission seat in District 2. He lists himself as treasurer.

David Webb is listed as McFarland’s treasurer, and Kathy J. Davis is listed as Stockton’s treasurer.

Other county offices up for election are trustee, county clerk, register of deeds and constables for all five districts.

Three school board seats are also up for grabs — one in District 1, and two in District 3/4.

The last day to register to vote for the county General Election is July 6.

The August election will also serve as a primary to decide candidates for governor and state and U.S. House of Representatives.

Voters will decide those races on Nov. 3.