County commission incumbents to be aligned in election 'seats'

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 11/7/17

Bradley County Commission incumbents will no longer be pitted against one another, should they decide to seek re-election.The county commission approved a resolution in June to separate the seats for …

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County commission incumbents to be aligned in election 'seats'

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Bradley County Commission incumbents will no longer be pitted against one another, should they decide to seek re-election.

The county commission approved a resolution in June to separate the seats for election. There will be two seats — A and B — on the ballot, but each incumbent will be in separate seats, rather than compete with each other.

"On June 19, 2017, the Bradley County Commission approved Resolution 2017-25 establishing that the multi-member districts shall be separately designated on the ballot," according to Bradley County Attorney Crystal Freiberg.

The Bradley County Election Commission, which met on Monday, stated that this means two present county commissioners, should they decide to seek re-election, will not be doing so against one another. This is a change in past elections, where the two top vote recipients would win the commission seats.

That will still be in place per each seat and district. Thus, the two recipients will be elected, regardless of the total votes per district.

Voters will only be able to vote for one candidate per selected seat, and the top two vote getters of all the districts, regardless of seats, will be chosen.

"This is the first time we have had our county commission election set up this way," said Administrator of Elections Fran Green.

She added that candidates can pick up petitions for both seats per district, but must decide which seat he or she will compete for by the deadline to file the petitions. The incumbents list includes:

District 1 — Seat A, Terry Caywood; Seat B, Mike Hughes

District 2 — Seat A, Louis Alford; Seat B, Tom Crye

District 3 — Seat A, Milan Blake; Seat B, Johnny Mull

District 4 — Seat A, Charlotte Peak; District B, Howard Thompson

District 5 — Seat A, Bobby Goins; Seat B, Jeff Yarber

District 6 — Seat A, Dan Rawls; Seat B, Robert Rominger

District 7 — Seat A, Mark Hall; Seat B, Bill Winters.


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