by sabrina BATES
MVP Regional News Editor
Early voting is underway across the state for the Nov. 8 election. The ballot includes municipal races across Carroll County.
There are three towns in the county with contested mayoral races.
In Atwood, voters are asked to elect a new mayor. Candidates are Fridie Algee, Jr.; Taylor Coulter and Mike Tolley. Mayor James Halford, mayor for many years, chose not to rerun.
There are three candidates seeking two seats on the Atwood city board as aldermen. Incumbent Jim Lewis is looking to hold onto his spot on the board against Christopher James Cannon and Randall D. Long. The top two vote-getters will earn a seat on the Atwood board.
In Bruceton, Robert T. Keeton III is looking to keep control of his mayoral seat against challenger Dallas R. Wade. The two aldermen seats on the ballot are an easy choice for voters in Bruceton as both candidates already preside on the board of aldermen. Seeking re-election to the board of aldermen are Jack R. Blocker and James A. Butler.
Bobby Brotherton is the sole candidate on the ballot for mayor of Hollow Rock. No candidate qualified for the already-vacant alderman seat to fulfill an unexpired term in Hollow Rock. Voters are asked to elect three additional aldermen seats, but only two candidates are seeking those slots on the city board. Angela Stockdale already holds an alderman seat on the board. She will be joined by the other alderman candidate, Zachary Clement. Current mayor Rob Woods is not seeking reelection.
The Huntingdon City Council will remain full as the three incumbent candidates are looking to keep the three seats up for grabs. Candidates are Kelly B. Eubanks, Andrew Maddox and John Lindsey Sanders. There is one open council seat with an unexpired term in Huntingdon. Will Atkins is on the ballot for the open seat.
In McKenzie, incumbent Jill Holland faces challenger Ryan D. Griffin for the mayoral seat. Looking to keep her seat filling a vacancy with an unexpired term on the McKenzie City Council is Josephina Batton. Voters in McKenzie will have four candidates to fill three seats on the city’s council. Incumbent Bobby Young is looking to keep his seat on the board against Tom Alexander, Carol J. Armpriest and Gerald Merchant.
McKenzie did away with its numbered ward system as each council member formerly ran from a certain area of town. In this election, for the first time, candidates will run at large.
McLemoresville Mayor Phil Williams faces no opposition for his mayoral seat. There are six candidates vying for five slots on the McLemoresville city board. Sharron Holland; Mike Presson and John Newsome, Jr. face incumbents Angie Martin; Don T. Reed and Lana Suite for a seat on the McLemoresville city board.
Four candidates are seeking one of three aldermen seats up for election on the Trezevant city board. Incumbents Don Barger and Pamela D. Joyner are looking to hold onto their aldermen seats. Challengers are Dan Dieringer and Steve Richardson.
Voters can take advantage of the early-voting period now through Nov. 3 at the Carroll County Election Commission office, 625 High St., Ste. 113 in Huntingdon, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Be prepared to show a photo ID. Qualified voters may also request an absentee ballot now through Nov. 1. Call the election commission office at 1-731-986-1968 for more information. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Voters will also have an opportunity to cast a ballot for the following seats – Tennessee governor, District 8 U.S. House of Representatives, District 76 or District 79 State U.S. House of Representatives. There are also four proposed state Constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Visit carrollcountytnelections.com to view a sample ballot or pick up a copy of the Oct. 12, 2022, edition of the News Leader for a copy of the sample ballot.