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Harmon making another run despite health issues

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

dlawrence@roanecounty.com

Campaigning could be in Roane County Commissioner James Harmon’s future after all.

Despite setbacks from various ailments, Harmon said this week that he’s still planning to run in the August election.

“I’m mending, and I think I will be all right,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to run again. One more time.”

The field in District 2 will be crowded.

Eight people qualified to run for the district’s three seats by Thursday’s noon filing deadline.

“If I get elected, this will be my last term,” said Harmon, who turns 83 in August.

Since leaving the hospital last month, Harmon said he’s had a steady round of doctor visits.

“I’ve got to get all of my doctors on the same page,” he said. “I’ve got a heart doctor, a kidney doctor and a lung doctor.”

Harmon said he also has a blood doctor, and he was hoping an upcoming visit would result in an energy boost.

“My iron is a little low,” Harmon said. “He said he would give me a treatment for that, and I would feel a whole lot better and maybe have a little more energy.”

Harmon was back to dealing with county business this week.

He attended Monday’s legislative committee meeting at the courthouse.

“I just thought I’d drive over and attend it because I felt pretty good,” he said. “I’m still a little bit short of wind, but getting better. It just takes time.”