JACKSBORO, TN- (WLAF)- The qualifying candidates are ready to run for office in Caryville and LaFollette.

The Town of Caryville elections will be completely uncontested.

As of Thursday’s noon deadline, incumbents Eric Jones and Patrick Pebley had qualified to run for their seats in Ward 2 and Ward 1, respectively;  Loyd G. Lawson will also run uncontested for the Ward 3 seat.

Long time mayor Robert “Bobby” Stooksbury is also running for another term. He is uncontested as well, according to the election commission.

In LaFollette, voters will be electing a mayor and two council members.

Incumbent Mike Stanfield has qualified to seek another term as mayor.  He will not face any competition in the race just like he did in 2016.

The council race has a full field.

Incumbents Bill Archer and Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson have solidified their runs by returning their petitions.

They will face  Sonya Lee, Keith Cordell, Phillip Farmer and Mike Evans along with prior council members Wayne Kitts, Hansford Hatmaker and Joe Bolinger as they attempt to keep their seats.

Candidates will have until Aug. 27 at noon to withdraw from these races.

A recent addition to the ticket includes the unexpired district 2 school board seat left vacant by Josh James. The two-year term will also be on the November ballot.  To date, former school board member Sharon Ridenour is the only person to have picked up a petition.  Interested candidates have until noon on Sept. 9 to pick up a petition for that seat. The withdraw deadline in Sept. 12 at noon.  The vacancy came about when James moved from district 2 to district 4 and was elected to a four-year term in district 4 earlier this month.

The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3.

WLAF will be distributing candidate questionnaires for the LaFollette City Council race. The input of voters is welcomed as the WLAF staff compile the form.  Send questions to:  wlaf@1450wlaf.com by Aug. 31 at 5 pm.

The person who has their question selected will receive dinner for two at Charley’s Pizza.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 08/14/2020- 6AM)

8 Replies to “LaFollette and Caryville elections see candidates qualify to run”

  1. I am surprised that Hatmaker & Bolinger would be able to run again. I thought a person would have to have a clean criminal record to hold elected office. Hopefully the voters will remember their past actions.

    1. Thank you for your response, Michael.

      The answer is “you can’t.” However, you may pick up petitions for multiple offices.


  2. Anywhere to get info on all candidates that are running and what they stand for what they plan to do? I like to know what I am voting for

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