Sevierville election is just weeks away

Three candidates running for 2 seats
Apr. 15, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Three candidates are running for two open seats on the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen, with the election set for May 2.

Early voting for the election began Friday and will end April 27. Early voting hours at the Election Commission office will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Election day hours on May 2 at the Civic Center will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Incumbent Alderman Dale Carr won a seat in the state House of Representatives and will not seek re-election on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. After Alderman Claude Ownby died in office, the board selected his wife, Maxine Ownby, to complete his term.

Ownby is running for another term. She faces opposition from current Dollywood safety director and former Police Chief Robbie Fox, as well as Jim McGill, membership coordinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

All the candidates want to draw businesses and create jobs. They also all support transportation infrastructure and the Dumplin Creek development along Interstate 40.

Both seats are at-large elections. The top two candidates will hold four-year terms.

Mayor Bryan Atchley is seeking another two-year term and is unopposed. Atchley holds the record for longest-serving mayor.