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2020 a big year for Hawkins BOE, municipal elections

Jeff Bobo • Feb 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The presidential election will take center stage in 2020, but there are plenty of local races in Hawkins County to keep the Election Commission busy as well.

Four of the seven Hawkins County Board of Education seats will be up for election on Aug. 6, and every municipality in the county has an election that coincides with the Nov. 3 presidential election.

There are also two local races that coincide with the presidential primary on March 3, although one of those is already decided.  

With the qualifying deadline having passed in December, incumbent Property Assessor Jeff Thacker was the only candidate to qualify to be on the March 3 primary ballot for that race in either party. The write-in candidate deadline also passed.

The property assessor is the only county elected office that isn’t in the four-year cycle with the rest of the county offices that come up for election in 2022. 

The only other Hawkins County seat on the March 3 ballot is the District 1 constable position held by Ryan Christian, who was appointed by the county commission last year.

That seat was vacated by resignation last year, and this election is to fill that position until it comes up for election in its regular four-year cycle in 2022.

However, no one turned in a petition to run for District 1 constable, which means the county commission will likely be asked to appoint someone to fill that seat after Christian’s appointment expires on Sept. 1.

Early voting begins Feb. 12

Early voting for the March 3 election is Feb. 12-25 at locations in Church Hill and Rogersville.

Early voting hours at the Church Hill Rescue Squad, 351 W. Main Blvd., are M-F, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

Early voting hours at the Hawkins County Courthouse are M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

Hours at both locations will be extended to 8 p.m. on the last night, Feb. 25.

Petitions available for Aug. 6 Hawkins BOE races

The first day to pick up a petition to run in the Aug. 6 county general/state primary elections was Monday, and the deadline to qualify is April 2 at noon.

Four seats on the nonpartisan Hawkins County Board of Education are up for re-election on Aug. 6 including District 1, held by Bob Larkins; District 2, held by Chairman Chris Christian; District 5, held by Jackie Charles; and District 7, held by Judy Woods-Trent, who was appointed after Holly Helton resigned last year.

The District 7 election is for two years until that seat gets back on its regular four-year cycle in 2022. The other three BOE seats on the ballot are four years each and expire in 2024.

The Aug. 6 ballot in Hawkins County will also include primary candidates for the District 9 state House seat held by Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville), the District 8 state Senate seat held by Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains), the U.S. House seat held by the retiring Phil Roe, and the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Lamar Alexander.

Christian and Trent have picked up their petitions for the BOE races, and Hicks has picked up his petition to run again for his state House seat.

A big year for Hawkins municipal elections

Every municipality in the county will have an election that coincides with the Nov. 3 presidential election.

In Mount Carmel, the seats held by Mayor Chris Jones, Vice Mayor Jennifer Williams, and Aldermen Wanda Davidson and Carl Wolfe are up for re-election.

In Church Hill, the seats held by Mayor Dennis Deal and Aldermen James Grigsby, Linda Miller and Tom Kern are up for re-election.

In Surgoinsville, the seats held by Aldermen Kenneth Bass, Dale Byington, and Bobby Jarnagin are up for re-election.

In Rogersville, the Rogersville City School Board of Education seats held by Chairman Reed Matney and board member Todd Biggs are up for re-election.

In Bulls Gap, the alderman seats held by Susan Williams and Gaylon Williams are up for re-election.

In Bean Station, which has a small section in Hawkins County, the alderman seats held by Patsy Harrell and Jeff Atkins are up for re-election.

Petitions for the Nov. 3 Hawkins County municipal elections will be available June 22, and the deadline to qualify is Aug. 20.

For more information, contact the Hawkins County Election Commission at (423) 272-8061.

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