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Election not stirring registration race

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

dlawrence@roanecounty.com

An upcoming election to decide who will serve on the county commission and who will sit in the county executive’s office for the next four years isn’t exactly been a boon for voter registration.

“I haven’t seen any increase,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “That could change as we get closer to Election Day.” 

Election Day is Aug. 5. Some of the other offices up for grabs include circuit court clerk and sheriff.

Roane County has 35,176 registered voters, according to the election commission.

Holiway said voter turnout might depend on how heated the contested offices get.

Circuit Court Clerk Angela Randolph is not seeking another term.

Bob Alford, Kim Nelson and Mona Gardner Wright are the candidates vying to replace her.

Incumbent County Executive Mike Farmer faces competition from Miles Ledbetter and Ron Woody.

Ledbetter and Woody have been critical of Farmer’s decision to spend money to fix up a small  house adjacent to the new jail.

Woody, a county government consultant with the County Technical Assistance Service, said Farmer’s actions were “on the verge of, if not, misappropriation of funds.”

Farmer said the work was within the framework of the new jail project.       

“I think those are the two races (circuit court clerk and county executive) of the most interest to the people right now,” Holiway said. “Of course, there’s several county commission races that could generate a lot of interest as well.”

The last day to register to vote is July 6.

People must meet the following criteria to vote in the county election:

• At least 18 years old.

• A U.S. citizen.

• A resident of Roane County.

• Not have been convicted of a felony.

According to the election commission, an individual can register to vote if he has been convicted of a felony and had his rights restored.

Voter applications are available at the Roane County Courthouse.

The election commission said applications are also available at Tennessee driver license testing center, public assistance agencies, high schools, public libraries and area city hall buildings.