With qualifying deadline tomorrow, still nobody running for mayor on Nov. 4 ballot in Vanleer

With qualifying for the Nov. 4 ballot ending tomorrow, there is still nobody who has started qualifying to run for mayor of Vanleer. The deadline to turn in a petition to be on the ballot for the municipal election of a mayor and five aldermen is noon Thursday. As of Tuesday morning, the Dickson County Election Office reports nobody has even picked up a petition to seek the two-year term as mayor in Vanleer. The only candidates to pick up petitions for the five seats on the Vanleer Board of Aldermen are the five incumbents, one of whom faces charges of online solicitation of a minor for sex. According to the election office report, qualifying petitions have been turned in by Wes Albright, Raymond Fletcher, Ruben Schmittou and Jason Weaver. Incumbent Dwight McIllwain has picked up a petition but had not turned it in as of Tuesday morning. Fletcher was appointed in 2013 to complete the term of Donald “Bubba” Tinsley, who resigned shortly after being replaced as chief of the Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department. Albright faces a Dec. 15 trial on charges he solicited sex from a detective posing online as a teenager. Two years ago, there were 11 candidates seeking the five seats. Mayor Larry Robertson is not seeking re-election because he is moving outside the town limits. His opponent from two years ago, former Mayor Bobby L. Averitte, died in May. If nobody turns a petition in with 25 signatures of registered voters to run for mayor, the race will then be open to write-in candidates. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is noon Sept. 15.