Petitions in for Sevier County elections
County Commission will have at least five new faces after the upcoming elections, as five commissioners opted not to seek re-election.
The deadline for candidates to return petitions to run in the county-wide elections was Thursday. The party primaries and the nonpartisan election for the county school board are set for May 6, while the general election is set for Aug. 7.
Candidates who returned petitions have until next Thursday to withdraw. In the meantime, Election Commission personnel must review the petitions to make sure each has the minimum number of signatures from registered voters in the proper districts. The election commission will meet March 4 to certify the petitions, meaning the candidates will be set to be on the ballots.
Some familiar names won’t be returning to county commission.
Jimmie Temple, who has represented the Sevierville area in the Fifth District for decades, is retiring due to health concerns.
Tony Proffitt, who represents the Third District, has also had health concerns and did not return a petition.
Judy Godfrey is stepping down in District 9, but her son, Chuck Godfrey III, is running for that seat. Commissioner Tim Hurst isn’t running for his seat in the Seventh District because he is running for sheriff against incumbent Ron Seals in the Republican primary.
Marty Loveday is stepping down in the Fourth District because his wife, Cyndi Barnes Loveday, is running for register of deeds; incumbent Sherry Robertson Huskey decided not to seek re-election.
Loveday has the only empty seat where only one newcomer returned a petition; Keith Whaley is running unopposed for that seat.
No candidates from the Democratic party returned petitions to run in the primary, meaning most races will be decided during the Republican primary.
A handful of candidates registered as independents, meaning they will face the winners of the primary races in the general election.
County Mayor Larry Waters is unopposed in the primary, for example, but will face independent candidates Kim Pierce and Emory Doyle Valentine in the general election.
In District 10, Seat B, County Commissioner Jim Keener is unopposed in the primary but will face Rod Cowan in the general election. And in District 8, Seat B, Mike Hillard and Andy Moore will face each other in the primary, and the winner will then vie with Leroy Maples in the general election.
Incumbents Ben Clabo, Tommy Watts, Bill Oakes, Harold Pitner, Gene Byrd and Mike Hillard are all facing challengers in the Republican primary.
Circuit Court Judge Dick Vance will also face opposition; Jefferson County attorney Scott Justice returned a petition to run against him in the primary.
General Sessions Court Clerk Connie Holt and Sheriff Ron Seals are the only other countywide officeholders facing primary opponents.
The Sevier County Board of Education holds a nonpartisan election on the same day as the primaries for the other county races. Mike Oakley, Mark Strange and Becky Williams Barnes are all running unopposed.
The following is a list of candidates who returned petitions for each election:
County Mayor — Larry Waters
County Trustee — Jettie Clabo
Sheriff — Ron Seals, Tim Hurst
County Clerk — Karen Cotter
Circuit Court Clerk — Rita Ellison
General Sessions Court Clerk — Connie Holt, Jody Milks-West
Register of Deeds — Cyndi Barnes Loveday
Road Superintendent — Jonas Smelcer
General Sessions Judge Division I — Jeff Rader
General Sessions Judge Division II — Dwight Stokes
Circuit Court Judge Part I, Distrcit 4 — Ben Hooper
Circuit Court Judge Part II, District 4 — Richard “Dick” Vance, Scott Justice
Circuit Court Judge Part III, District 4 — Rex Henry Ogle
Circuit Court Judge Part IV, District 4 — Duane Slone
District Attorney General District 4 — James Bruce “Jimmy” Dunn
Chancellor, District 4 and 5 — Telford Forgety
Public Defender, District 4 — Ed Miller
District 1, Seat A — Warren Hurst
District 1, Seat B — Tommy Ray Watts, Gerald V. Rhea
District 2, Seat A — Ben Clabo, Darrell Huskey
District 2, Seat B — Phil King
District 3, Seat A — Randy Williams
District 3, Seat B — Mike Chambers, Timothy J. Wallace
District 4, Seat A —Ronnie Whaley
District 4, Seat B — Caroll Rauhuff
District 4, Seat C — Keith Whaley
District 5, Seat A — Michael Maddron, Ed White
District 5, Seat B —Fred A. Atchley
District 5, Seat C — James Frank Parton
District 6, Seat A — Bill Oakes, Gregg Haggard
District 6, Seat B — John Harold Pitner, Chris Clepper
District 7, Seat A — Ronnie W. Allen
District 7, Seat B — Mary Davis, William Bill Pless Ehterton
District 8, Seat A — Gene Byrd, Dale Payne
District 8, Seat B — Mike Hillard, Andy Moore
District 8, Seat C — Kent Woods
District 9, Seat A — David “Buster” Norton
District 9, Seat B — Chuck Godfrey III, Brian Gamble, John Rulpaugh
District 10, Seat A — Bryan Delius
District 10, Seat B — Jim Keener
District 11, Seat A —Gary Cole
District 11, Seat B —Ray I. (Crow) Ogle
District 1, Seat B — Jimmy Maples
District 1, Seat B — Ronnie Sutton, Keith Brackins
District 2, Seat A — Penny Campbell, Clayton Shipley, Chtistopher Conley
District 2, Seat B — Sam Ayers
District 3, Seat A — David Huffaker, Gerald Jackson
District 3, Seat B — Sammy Scott
District 4, Seat A — Jack L. Galyon
District 4, Seat B — Roger T. Floyd
District 5, Seat A — George W. Lawson, Donald Allen Stoltz and Richard F. McMahan
District 5, Seat B — William D. (Billy) Seagle
District 1 — Mike Oakley
District 3 — Mark Strange
District 5 — Becky William Barnes
County Mayor — Kim Pierce, Emory Doyle Valentine
County Commission District 10, Seat B — Rod L. Cowan
County Commission District 8, Seat B — Leroy Maples