Even though early voting is approaching for the General Election in August, eyes are being turned toward November and the race for McMinnville city offices.
There are three alderman seats up for grabs -- those presently held by Billy Wood, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith.
None of the three incumbents have picked up papers to qualify for re-election. Barnes and Smith have gone on record as saying they will not seek election. Wood has not decided.
They have until Aug. 21 at noon to pick up and return completed petitions to the election office. The petitions must contain the signatures of 25 registered McMinnville voters.
To date, five potential candidates have picked up qualifying papers. Only one has experience on the city board, that being Everett Brock who has served as an alderman. Brock finished fourth in the balloting in November 2012 with the top three vote-getters being elected.
Joining Brock on the potential ballot is Ben Foust, who tried to run two years ago but had not lived in the city for the required one-year time frame. Retired principal Billy Tanner has picked up papers as well. The two others who have picked up papers are both Main Street restaurant owners, Linda Holland and Joe O’Neal.
McMinnville will not be the only city having elections this November. Morrison will also be electing a mayor and board of aldermen. Thus far Mayor Sue Anderson is the only one to pick up papers for mayor. Joe Hefner and Christopher Farley have picked up papers as aldermen. Their deadlines are Aug. 21 at noon, just like the McMinnville election.