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