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A former Harriman fire chief has indicated his intention to run against incumbent Chris Mason in the upcoming mayoral race.
Both Mason and Wayne Best have taken out qualifying petitions to seek the office. As of Friday, neither man had returned the petitions, according to the Roane County Election Commission’s website.
Both are former members of Harriman City Council, with Mason on the heels of completing his first term as mayor.
All of Roane County’s municipalities will elect new city leaders on June 7.
As the March 17 qualifying deadline draws closer, more potential candidates are picking up petitions to run for various city offices.
In Harriman, Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis has taken out petitions for one of the three Harriman City Council seats and for treasurer.
However, Ellis has reportedly reconsidered and has said he’s not seeking either office.
His candidacy was a topic of discussion on Kingston City Councilman Brant Williams’ Facebook page.
Williams had frequently taken Kingston Mayor Troy Beets to task when Beets served as both mayor and Roane County Commissioner.
If Ellis doesn’t turn in his petition, the council race could be an easy one. As of Friday, three people have taken out petitions to run for one of the three council seats.
Councilmen Lonnie Wright and Kenyon Mee are both seeking re-election. Also taking out a petition for a second time is Harriman Utility Board employee Luther Manning Jr.
Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley has made his re-election bid official by returning his signed petition to the Election Commission office.
Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom has picked up his petition, and Harriman Judge Charles Crass said earlier this week he plans to seek another term.
Rockwood voters will be choosing four members of Rockwood City Council when they go to the polls. Michael Giles and Ronald Harwell are running for one of three seats up for four-year terms.
Incumbent Ray Collett picked up his qualifying petition earlier this month. Other potential candidates for the four-year seats are former Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Manager Mike Freeman; Jane Long, a Rockwood real-estate broker and wife of former council member Glen Long; and Billy Joe Sexton, a former Rockwood police officer.
Rockwood also has a council seat open to elect someone to fill the remainder of the late Stan Wassom’s term. Charles Carter and William P. “Pete” Wright have both picked up petitions for the seat. Wright was nominated to fill the seat at one point but was voted down by council.
Kingston City Council member Norm Sugarman picked up his petition late last year and turned it in by early January.
John Byrkit and Brenda L. Timm have both picked up petitions for one of Kingston’s three council seats as well, but neither has turned it in at press time.
The deadline for candidates to withdraw from a race is at noon March 24.
The last day to register to vote is May 9.
Early voting begins May 18 and continues until June 2.