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Deadline approaches for city elections

The field is close to being set for the upcoming McMinnville and Morrison city elections. One week remains until qualifying ends for those elections, which will be held Nov. 8 along with Tennessee Governor and other state and federal races.

The qualifying deadline for McMinnville and Morrison races is Aug. 18 at noon.

Three seats on McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen are available and seven individuals have already expressed interest in running for those spots. 

Incumbents Everett Brock and Steve Harvey filed their qualifying papers July 13 and July 19, respectively. Local businessman Larry York, the owner of IntelliClean Solutions, filed July 22. They are officially in the field. 

At present, there are four others with qualifying papers in hand. Papers were picked up by Jeremy Richardson on June 28, Deitra Dunlap on July 1, Keri Curtis Morton on July 11, and Leah M. Edwards on July 25. They have until next Thursday to qualify. 

McMinnville Alderman Zach Sutton announced in June that he will not seek election. He was appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in December 2020 to complete the remaining two years of Ryle Chastain’s term. Chastain won a bid for mayor.

Morrison’s mayor and two alderman seats are also up for grabs. Those are currently held by Mayor Sue Anderson and Aldermen Donald Miller and Joe Hefner.

Anderson picked up papers June 28. Miller picked up papers July 12. Neither have filed.

In an interview with the Southern Standard in June, Hefner voiced hesitation about a bid for reelection.  

“I don’t know,” Hefner said. “I’ve been on the board over 30 years. I’ll be 70 in January. It might be time to think about myself. I may run again, but I may not. I just haven’t decided.”

Qualifying papers can be picked up at the Election Commission, located at Warren County Administrative Offices on Locust Street.