Qualifying period for Cocke school board election now open

The qualifying period is now open for three Newport School Board positions on the ballot in November, according to Josh Blanchard, Cocke County Administrator of Elections.

Those wishing to run for a seat on the city school board must live in the City of Newport, file a valid nominating petition in the county election commission office, and provide proof of high school graduation or GED by the qualifying deadline.

Nominating petitions are available at the Cocke County Election Commission office in the courthouse annex. Qualifying deadline for the Newport School Board is Aug. 20 at noon in the county election office.

Newport voters will vote for city school board members this November, with no other city offices scheduled to be on the ballot. The remaining two city school board positions are scheduled for the 2022 ballot with the other city offices.