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Several newcomers on the ballot in Scott County election

Holly Viers • Sep 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM

GATE CITY — The general election is fast approaching in Scott County, and several contested races will be on the ballot.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 15 for the Nov. 5 general election, according to Registrar Mike Edwards. Absentee voting will begin Sept. 20 and run through Nov. 2.

Several offices will be up for election, including sheriff, commissioner of revenue, commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, directors of the Soil & Water Conservation District and seats on the School Board and Board of Supervisors. Below is a breakdown of the candidates.

Board of Supervisors

In District 1, incumbent Republican Darrel W. Jeter will be challenged by Democrat Patricia J. Kilgore. Marshall D. Tipton, incumbent Republican in District 2, will be challenged by Democrat Maria L. M. Colobro.

District 3 Democratic incumbent Garland “Jack” Compton will face off against Republican Jeremy P. “George” Herron. Only one candidate — newcomer and Republican Michael K. Brickey — is seeking the District 4 seat; that position is currently held by Joe Herron, who is not seeking re-election.

District 5 Republican incumbent Danny Paul Mann is running unopposed, while two newcomers will face off in District 6: Democrat Jeffrey Lynn Sloann and Republican Selma G. Hood. The District 6 seat is currently held by Chad Hood, who is not seeking re-election.

Two newcomers will also vie for the at-large seat: Democrat E. Dennis Horton and Republican Stefanie A. Cruby. David Redwine, who currently holds that seat, is not seeking re-election.

School Board

In District 1, independent incumbent David Mark Templeton will be challenged by independent Josh S. Bolling. District 2 incumbent L. Steve Sallee and District 3 incumbent Linda D. Gillenwater, both independents, are running unopposed.

Three newcomers will vie for the District 4 seat: D. Stuart Williams, Karen Q. “KC” Linkous and William D. “Bill” Houseright, all independents. William R. Quillen Jr., who currently holds that seat, is not seeking re-election.

District 5 independent incumbent Gail L. McConnell will face off against independent Michael R. Edwards. In District 6, independent incumbent Larry L. Horton will be challenged by independent Robin D. Hood.

Sheriff

Following former Sheriff John Puckett’s retirement in March, Chris Holder was appointed interim sheriff until the November election. Holder, an independent, is running for that office against three others: Democrat Greg L. McMurray, independent Phillip A. “Tony” McClellan and Republican Jeff B. Edds.

Other offices

Incumbent Republicans Debbie C. Dockery and Andrew L. Johnson are both running unopposed for commissioner of revenue and commonwealth’s attorney, respectively. Democratic incumbent Mitzi Johnson Owens is also running unopposed for treasurer.

In the directors’ race for the Soil & Water Conservation District, independent incumbents James M. “Pete” Odle and Larry Huff will face off against two other independents: Andy B. White and Billy R. Nash.

Special elections

Three special elections will also be held in conjunction with the general election, Edwards said. These will be for the mayor of Nickelsville, mayor of Weber City and a town council seat in Weber City.

Independent Danny L. Dixon is running unopposed for mayor of Nickelsville, while independent Patrick R. Deskins is running unopposed for mayor of Weber City. Independents Joseph Alessandrini and George Lane will face off for the town council seat in Weber City.

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