The field is close to being set for the upcoming McMinnville elections with four days left until the ballot is set in stone for the November races deciding the mayor and four alderman seats.
For the office of mayor, it appears, barring any late comers, there will be a four-way race for the city’s top spot. Included in the field will be incumbent Mayor Norman Rone, who has qualified to defend his seat against Alderman Jimmy Haley, businessman David H. Hill and local Republican leader John R. Shields Jr.
As of Friday, the four were the only ones to have qualified. There were no other qualifying papers out. Deadline for qualifying papers to be turned in to the election office is noon Thursday.
In the run for alderman, several candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the four spots up for election.
Due to the mid-term retirement of Junior Medley who moved to Viola, one of the four spots will be for a two-year term. Presently only incumbent Alderman Rick Barnes has qualified to run for the spot. His decision to seek the two-year term instead of a regular four-year term means he will not be defending his former spot.
Only Everett Brock is asking for re-election to his seat. The other seat on the city council, held by Clair Cochran, is open because she is not seeking re-election.
Asking election to three full-term aldermanic posts available, along with Brock, are Dennis Taylor, former alderman Jimmy W. Bonner Sr., Jason W. Gross, Ben Newman, and Benjamin Foust. Three other potential candidates, Bruce E. Watson, Kasey Owens and Michael Neal have qualifying papers out but have not returned them as of Friday.
In the outlying towns of Warren County, J.W. Underhill has qualified to run for Centertown Mayor while Jerry L. Lawrence and Collene Crumbley have qualified to run for alderman.
In Morrison, David Smith and Chris Farley are qualified for alderman, while Travis Battles and Robert Dinwiddie have qualifying papers out.
In Viola, no one has qualified to run for mayor or alderman, although incumbent Mayor Kevin Lawrence, fresh off his run for state Senate, has mayoral papers out. Chris Helton, Carl G. Bouldin, William W. Ramsey and Bruce Terry all have aldermanic papers for Viola.