VOL. 126 | NO. 117 | Thursday, June 16, 2011
Arlington Mayor’s Race Nets Four Contenders by Deadline
By Bill Dries
At the noon filing deadline Thursday, June 16, for candidates in the Sept. 15 Arlington and Lakeland elections, there was a four-candidate race for Arlington mayor as expected. And the two incumbent town aldermen seeking re-election had opposition with a three-way battle for the third seat on the Arlington board of aldermen.
The fields in those races and the race for Lakeland commissioner don’t become official until after the noon Thursday, June 23, deadline for any candidates to withdraw if they wish. The Shelby County Election Commission will then certify the list of candidates and put them on the ballot.
An hour after the noon filing deadline, the four candidates for Arlington mayor were Brian Elder, Hugh Lamar, Brian Thompson and Mike Wissman. Incumbent mayor Russell Wiseman is not seeking a third term.
Position one alderman Glen Bascom has opposition from Larry M. Harmon Jr., and position two incumbent Gerald W. McGee has a challenger in Matthew Thie.
There is a three-way contest for the position three seat Hugh Lamar is giving up to run for mayor. The candidates are Steven Bierbrodt, Claudia Horton and Jeff McKee.
In Lakeland, the single contest for two seats on the town’s board of commissioners is among incumbent Randy Nicholson, Jim Schultz and Gerrit Verschuur. The top two vote-getters in the single contest claim the two commission seats.