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Ewing fills GOP ballot vacancy; will oppose McClanahan for Sullivan City Council At-Large

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Candidate filings for city and town offices to be decided in the November general election have picked up the pace in recent days at the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office.

Jason Ewing, a Republican, officially filed to run for Sullivan City Council At-Large on Thursday.

The local GOP party has the opportunity until June 30 to fill the Sullivan municipal election ballot due to a vacancy resulting from no candidate being nominated in the primary.

“No one filed so (the) vacancy was filled by Sullivan County Republican Chairman Bill Springer,” Springer stated in an email to the Times last Thursday.

Ewing will oppose Tom McClanahan, a Democrat, in the November general election. The incumbent, Democrat Steve Martindale, did not file for reelection.

The only ballot opening remaining for city of Sullivan Republicans is the clerk-treasurer race.

Sullivan did not conduct a primary election in May, because it was deemed unnecessary as none of its seven races — mayor, clerk-treasurer and five council seats — were contested.

Other Sullivan city races as of Tuesday:

Mayor — Clint Lamb, Democrat vs. Josh Smith, Republican.

Clerk-Treasurer — D. Sue Pitts, Democrat is unopposed.

City Council Dist. 1 — John Ellington, Democrat vs. Carl Foster, Republican.

City Council Dist. 2 — Gene Bonham, Democrat vs. Randy Denham, Republican.

City Council Dist. 3 — Roger Smith, Democrat vs. Johnnie Kristler, Republican.

City Council Dist. 4 — Scott Brown, Democrat vs. Forrest Metcalf, Republican.

Other town election updates:

Carlisle — Clint Durall, Democrat, filed for reelection to the town council, which means all incumbents have refiled. Those other incumbent candidates are Azalia Barfield, Democrat, council; Suzan Ridgway, independent, clerk-treasurer; and Harold Hatfield, independent, council.

Dugger — Joining an already large field of candidates is William Squires, who is running as an independent for Dugger Town Council. Other candidates filed are Bill Pirtle, independent, council; Sandra Stinson, independent, council; James Smith, independent, council; Larry Bedwell, independent, council; Billie Settles, independent, council; Mendy Smith, independent, clerk-treasurer; and Terry Heacock, independent, council.

With seven candidates filed for the three-person council race the town has already passed a resolution establishing a town election board.

Merom — No new filings. Candidates filed are Kaleb Westbrook, Republican, council; June Shacklett, Republican, clerk-treasurer; Michael Rinehart, Republican, council; and John Gettinger Jr., Democrat, council.

Shelburn — Filing recently for town council seats include Jesse Kasinger, Democrat; Mark Shroyer, independent; and Shad Akers, Republican. Already filed is Jay Southwood, independent, clerk-treasurer.

Hymera and Farmersburg — So far, still no prospective candidates have filed for council or clerk-treasurer slots. 

Any prospective candidates for clerk-treasurer or council seats in the towns of Carlisle, Dugger, Farmersburg, Hymera, Merom and Shelburn have until Aug. 1 to declare their candidacy.

Those races, as are Sullivan’s municipal races, will be decided in the Nov. 5 general election.

The voter registration period for the November general election runs until Oct. 7.


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