The deadline for candidates to qualify for the November 6 municipal elections is noon today (Thursday, August 16).
The November election will include the selection of five members of Oak Ridge City Council and three members of the Oak Ridge Board of Education.
Also on the ballot are city council and school board seats in Clinton, Norris, Oliver Springs, and Rocky Top. That’s in addition to the state and federal elections for Tennessee governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives.
At about 9:40 a.m. Thursday, all four incumbents to four-year seats on Oak Ridge City Council had qualified for the November 6 ballot. They are Kelly Callison, R.G. “Rick” Chinn Jr., Warren Gooch, and Ellen D. Smith. The four incumbents last had an election in November 2014.
Gooch is currently the mayor, and Chinn is currently mayor pro tem, meaning he fills in when the mayor is absent or temporarily unavailable. In Oak Ridge, the seven City Council members appoint one of their members to serve a two-year term as mayor after each municipal election every two years.
The four incumbents will be challenged in November, assuming no one withdraws from the race before then, by Wende Doolittle, Susan L. “Sue” Frederick, and Timothy L. Stallings. That’s a total of seven candidates for four seats. [Read more…]