Who’s run­ning for of­fice? Can­di­dates have qual­i­fied for up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Josh O’Bryant

In Walker County, the cities of LaFayette, Chicka­mauga, Rossville and Look­out Moun­tain have fin­ished their qual­i­fy­ing pe­ri­ods for the Tues­day, Nov. 7, elec­tions.

The city of LaFayette will only have one con­tested race: in­cum­bent Councilman Beacher Gar­many will be chal­lenged in Ward 1 by new­comer Vic Burgess.

Mayor Andy Arnold, Councilman Ben Brad­ford and Mu­nic­i­pal Court Judge Ken­neth S. Maples will run un­op­posed.

This is Burgess’ first ven­ture in run­ning for a lo­cal po­lit­i­cal of­fice. He works as an ad­vo­cate for high-risk youth in­volved with ju­ve­nile court in the Look­out Moun­tain Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit.

Gar­many, who will com­plete his first term this Novem­ber, was elected af­ter a runoff elec­tion against Robert Ward­law in De­cem­ber 2013. He filled the Ward 1 seat af­ter Arnold was elected mayor.

The city of Chicka­mauga will have a six-per­son coun­cil race. In­cum­bents Ran­dal Dal­ton, Don Martin and Evitte Par­rish will be chal­lenged by Dale Pow­ell, Lance Tarvin and Doug Cogswell.

The three can­di­dates re­ceiv­ing the most votes will join the coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to City Man­ager Michael Haney, Dal­ton has been on coun­cil for more than 20 years. Parish has been on coun­cil for the past eight years, and Martin was ap­pointed to fill Shan­non Whit­field’s seat.

There will be two vot­ing ma­chines at the Chicka­mauga precinct which will be des­ig­nated for the Walker County vote on TSPLOST and one solely for the city.

The cities of Rossville and Look­out Moun­tain will not hold elec­tions be­cause no chal­lengers reg­is­tered to run. The in­cum­bents will seek re-elec­tion with­out any op­po­si­tion.

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