November ballot set
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An interesting list of candidates have qualified for the upcoming November 8 election.

A heavy turnout is expected for the election which includes the presidential race featuring Trump and Clinton.

The ballot also includes candidates for Woodbury and Auburntown municipal elections as well as Tennessee General Assembly District 46 and U.S. House District 6.

In Woodbury, two candidates are seeking the post of mayor. Vice Mayor Charlie Harrell has qualified for the post along with challenger Andy Duggin. Harold Patrick, current mayor, had earlier announced his decision not to seek re-election to the post. However, Patrick is seeking a seat on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

In the aldermanic race, three other candidates, Walter "Chuck" Holt, Deanna Brown and Lu Ann Curlee, are hoping to unseat an incumbent.

Aldermen seeking re-election are Faye N. Knox, Lois Larimer, Dotty Duggin, Adam Melton and JoAnn Davis.

In the Auburntown election, current Mayor Roger Turney is unopposed as are aldermen Rita Kay Davis, Denise Crowell and Janice Fletcher.

Seeking the Tennessee General Assembly District 46 post are incumbent Mark Pody (Republican - Lebanon) and challenger Amelia Hipps (Democrat - Lebanon.)

In the U.S. Congress race, incumbent Republican Diane Black is being challenged by Democrat David Kent.

Voters might be surprised at the number of candidates on the Presidential and Vice Presidential ballot.

In addition to Republicans Donald Trump and Michael Pence and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, there are several other candidates including:

Gary Johnson and William Weld, Libertarian Party.

Ayson Kennedy and Osborne Hart, Socialist Workers Party.

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Green Party.

Roque De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg, Reform Party.

October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election with November 1 the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Early voting begins October 19 and continues through November 3. Early voting hours are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On November 3 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting takes place at the Cannon County Election Commission at 301 West Main St., Woodbury. Election Commission chairman is Matt Studd with commissioners Joan Banks-Shirley, Sue Patrick, Tom Ganoe and George Pittman. Matt Teply is administrator of elections.


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