The Unicoi County Election Commission qualifies candidates during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Kendal Groner)

By Kendal Groner

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Unicoi County Election Commission met to qualify candidates for the upcoming Unicoi County Republican and Democratic primary on May 1, as well as the candidates for the Unicoi County General election on Aug. 2.

Early voting times for the primary are set to occur April 11-26. The Election Commission office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For election day for the Republican and Democratic primary on May 1, the polls will open at 8  a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

By law, it is mandated that there be two voting machine technicians, one Republican and one Democrat. Sam Keever will be the Republican voting machine technician, and Vince Roberts will be the Democrat voting technician.

The voting machine technicians verify and test the polling machines, after which the election commission will lock the polling machines. The public is welcome to view the polling machines being locked, and those dates will be released at a later time.

The following candidates were qualified for the Unicoi County Republican Primary:

Unicoi County Mayor

• Garland “Bubba” Evely – Republican

• Greg Lynch – Republican

Unicoi County Commission – District 1

• Eddie Bolton – Republican

• Jamie Harris – Republican

• Marie Shelton Rice – Republican

• Loren Thomas – Republican

• Damon Wilson – Republican

• Gene Wilson – Republican

Unicoi County Commission – District 2

• Kenneth E. Garland – Republican

• Jason Harris – Republican

• Michael H. Harris – Republican

• Matthew K. Rice – Republican

• Glenn White – Republican

Unicoi County Commission – District 3

• Billy R. Harkins Jr. – Republican

• Stephen Hendrix – Republican

• John W. Mosley – Republican

• Bridget R. Peters – Republican

• Todd Wilcox – Republican

Unicoi County Trustee

• Paul Berry – Republican

Unicoi County Sheriff

• Jimmy K. Erwin – Republican

• Michael K. Hensley – Republican

• Robert Bryan McCurry – Republican

Unicoi County Circuit

Court Clerk

• Darren C. Shelton – Republican

Unicoi County Clerk

• Mitzi Bowen – Republican

Unicoi County

Register of Deeds

• Debbie Tittle – Republican

Unicoi County

Road Superintendent

• Terry L. Haynes – Republican

Unicoi County

Constable – District 1

• Arthur Metcalf – Republican

Unicoi County

Constable – District 2

• Wayne Edwards – Republican

Unicoi County

Constable – District 3

• Timmy Lewis – Republican

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In the Aug. 2 Unicoi County General Election, the winner of the Republican primary race for county mayor will face Independent candidates John Day and Richard G. Preston.

In the race for seats on the County Commission in District 2, the winners of May’s Republican primary will face Independent candidates Rob Martin and Lisa Brewington White.