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Governor’s race may be a boost to election turnout

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By Damon Lawrence

By DAMON LAWRENCE
dlawrence@roanecounty.com
About 12,300 Roane Countians voted in the August election. Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s hoping for a bigger turnout for the Nov. 2 election.
“I think the governor’s race always fascinates people,” Holiway said. “They’re very interested in who’s going to lead the state.”
Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are vying to become the state’s next governor. Fourteen Independent candidates are also on the ballot.
Democrat incumbent Dennis Ferguson faces Julia Hurley in the 32nd District State House of Representatives race. The district includes all of Roane County and small portion of Loudon.
Democrat Lincoln Davis is looking to hold on to his seat in the Fourth Congressional District. He faces Scott DesJarlais and four Independent candidates.
Several candidates are running for the Third Congressional District seat being vacated by Congressman Zach Wamp. They include Democrat John Wolfe and Republican Chuck Fleischmann.   
According to the Tennessee Department of State,  Roane County’s early and absentee voting totaled 3,667 through Wednesday.
Early voting runs through Oct. 28 at Rockwood Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.