Voters in Commerce and other Jackson County municipalities will go to the polls next Tuesday to elect mayors, city council members and — in Commerce and Jefferson — school board members.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all locations.
Early voting in the Nov. 5 Jackson County municipal elections is under way this week at the Commerce Recreation Department office on Carson Street and in the Jackson County Administrative Building.
Residents of Commerce, Arcade, Jefferson, Nicholson and Pendergrass can vote through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Administrative Building in Jefferson and at the Commerce location.
In Commerce, there are only two contested races. Incumbent Ward 2 councilman Darren Owensby faces Donald Wilson and for the District 1 seat on the Commerce Board of Education, political newcomers Nathan Anderson and Kevin E. Tate are on the ballot.
Also on the ballot but running unopposed for re-election are Keith Burchett, incumbent mayor pro tem; Archie Chaney, incumbent Ward 1 councilman; and Kyle Moore, incumbent District 2 school board member.
For the first time, Jackson County will conduct most of the municipal elections, and in Commerce there will be just one polling place instead of the usual North Minish and South Minish precincts.
All voting Tuesday in the Commerce election will take place at the Commerce Recreation Department building, 204 Carson Street.
After a heated race with plenty of controversy, a new mayor of Jefferson will be elected on Tuesday.
Former city council member Roy Plott and former police chief Darren Glenn are facing off in the Jefferson mayor’s race to replace retiring mayor Jim Joiner.
Also on the ballot in Jefferson will be two council seats and one board of education race.
In the District 4 city council race, incumbent Kathy DuBose and Malcolm Gramley will be on the ballot.
In the District 5 city council race, Don Kupis and Doug Turco qualified to fill the seat held by Plott, who resigned to run for mayor. After qualifying ended, Stan Beeco announced his intentions to be a “certified write-in candidate.”
In the District 4 board of education race, incumbent Derrell Crowe and Blanche McCreary will be on the ballot.
On the day of the election, Nov. 5, voting will be held at the Jefferson Civic Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters in two towns will be casting a ballot on alcohol sales. In Nicholson, there will be a referendum for the sale of alcohol. In Pendergrass, voters will be asked whether the sale of alcohol on Sundays should be approved.
On Tuesday, voting in Nicholson will be held at the Nicholson Community Center, located at 129 Lakeview Drive. In Pendergrass, voting will be held at City Hall, located at 22 Smith Bridges Road.