City plans election for May 4

The Morristown City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a scheduled municipal election on May 4.

All three incumbents, Kay Senter, who represents Ward 3, Bob Garrett, who represents Ward 1, and Tommy Pedigo, one of the two at-large councilmembers, said this morning they will seek reelection.

Senter was first elected to the council in 1993. Garrett has been on the council since 2009 and Pedigo has served since 2015. The mayoral election and the race for the three other council seats will be in two years.

Qualifying petitions go out on Dec. 21, and must be returned to the election commission office by Feb. 18. Early voting begins on April 14 and concludes on April 29, according to Jeff Gardner, Hamblen County administrator of elections.

Gardner says the three council seats will be the only races on the ballot. While five of the seven council seats are ward-specific, unlike Hamblen County Commission races, all registered voters who live or own property inside the Morristown city limits can vote in all races.

Another difference is that city council candidates do not run for office with a political party affiliation.