Every Hawkins city will have a contested election on Nov. 6

Jeff Bobo • Aug 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County’s Nov. 6 municipal election ballots became final Thursday afternoon with every city featuring at least one contested race, including two mayoral races.

In Surgoinsville, Mayor Merrell Graham is seeking a second term, but he is being challenged by former Alderman Larry Dykes.

The Surgoinsville aldermen races are already resolved, however, with three candidates qualifying to run for the three available seats.

Those three candidates include incumbent John Sandidge and newcomers Matthew Somers and Michael “Mickey” Wilcox. Aldermen Dennis Anderson and Tim Holt opted not to seek re-election.

Bulls Gap

Bulls Gap also has a contested mayoral race with current Alderman Betsy Shipley and Bulls Gap Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles “Chucky” Johnson seeking the mayoral seat vacated by Jimmy Sexton, who is running for alderman.

Sexton is one of two candidates seeking two available aldermen seats, along with incumbent Glenn Snelson Jr.

Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel has seven candidates seeking three available seats including Garrett White, the lone sitting alderman on the ballot who was appointed earlier this year following the resignation of Diane Adams.

Husband and wife Aldermen Eugene Christian and Margaret Christian chose not to seek re-election.

The other six candidates seeking one of the three available aldermen seats includes James L. Gilliam, Melinda Danielle Fleishour, Darby Patrick, Denise Livesay, Pat Stilwell and Steven McLain.

Church Hill

Church Hill has a four-way race for three available aldermen seats including incumbent B.D. Cradic, recently elected County Commissioner Keith Gibson, Michael Bell and Michael Walker.

Current Aldermen Mark Drinnon and Billy Kyle Housewright chose not to seek re-election.


Rogersville has a five-way race for three available Rogersville City School Board of Education seats including incumbents Barbara Beets-Combs, Gerald Trent and Scott Trent, who are being challenged by Julie Phillips and Andrew Poe.

Bean Station

Bean Station, which is mostly in Grainger County but has a small section in Hawkins County, has a three-way race for the mayoral seat being vacated by Terry Wolfe. The candidates include Ben Waller, Jimmie Seals and current Alderman Patsy Winstead-Harrell.

There’s also a five-way race for two available Bean Station aldermen seats featuring Sandra Wieber, incumbent Mickey Ankrom, John McMurray, Eddie Douglas and Junior Sizemore.

Dates to remember

The next important date is Aug. 23 at noon, which is the candidate withdrawal deadline.

The deadline to become an official write-in candidate is Sept. 17.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9.

Early voting in Hawkins County for the Nov. 6 election will be Oct. 17 through Nov. 1.