Municipal Ballots Are Thin as Qualifying Deadline Looms

With the qualifying deadline for returning petitions to the Shelby County Elections Commission fast approaching, several races in the September 17 municipal elections for Arlington and Lakeland will be decided at noon on June 18 unless last-minute candidates appear.

At press time. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Arlington School Board Chair Kay Williams, and Arlington School Board Member Barbara Fletcher are all unopposed.

For the three Arlington Aldermen seats up for grabs, perennial candidates Larry Harmon, Jr. and  Brian Elder (Groves) have both pulled petitions for Position 1, currently held by Glen Bascom.. Bascom has not declared whether he will run for re-election. In a statement, he said that he plans to make a decision next week.

Brian Elder has also pulled a petition for Position 2, currently held by Gerald McGee, who is running  to keep his seat.  Lee Mills has also submitted a petition for that position. Elder said that he would decide which position he was running for soon.

In a two-way race for Alderman Position 3, incumbent Jeff McKee faces newcomer Harry Spore.

With three of the four sitting officials in Lakeland—Randy Nicholson and Gene Torrey from the Board of Commissioner and School Board member Matt Wright—not running for re-election, there will be new faces in Lakeland City Hall next fall.

Candidates for the BOC are Josh Roman and Paul Vandiver. Current Lakeland School Board Member Teresa Henry is joined by Geoffrey Hicks on the ballot.

According to the Shelby County Election Commission website, none of the potential candidates for positions on the Board of Commissioners and School Board have submitted completed petitions.

Candidates have  just under two weeks to return qualified petitions. The elections will be Thursday, September 17. Early voting will take place between Friday August 28 and Saturday, September 12.


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