The March 2020 Republican Party primary for the Hamblen County trustee job potentially got more crowded on Monday when Morristown businessman Stan Eversole picked up a qualifying petition.

Eversole received 3,438 voted when he ran against John Baskette, the former trustee in 2018. Baskette, who resigned recently to avoid the possibility of a job-related felony, got 3,991 votes, and Aaron Rice tallied 299 votes, according to Jeff Gardner, Hamblen County administrator of elections.

The Hamblen County Commission recently appointed former District 14 Hamblen County Commissioner Scotty Long to fill the trustee’s job until next year’s general election. Long has already returned his qualifying petition. Jason Darnell and Nicholas Greene have petitions to run in the trustee’s race, but had not returned their petitions by Monday afternoon, according to Gardner.

The commission is scheduled to appoint a temporary replacement for the District 14 commission seat on Thursday. Three potential candidates for that job – Eileen Arwine, Scott Cutshaw and Edna Greene – have qualifying petitions. Cutshaw has returned his petition, according to Gardner.

The qualifying deadline is Dec. 12.