Hamblen County Commissioner Mike Minnich, who represents District 5 and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Louis “Doe” Jarvis, announced this morning he will not be running for election.

“I’m not putting my name back in the hat for that position,” said Minnich.

Minnich was injured in a Sept. 12 accident. He says “ongoing medical issues” related to the accident played an issue in his decision not to run in the Aug. 6 election.

Three candidates have obtained qualifying petitions to run in the District 5 county commission election, according to Jeff Gardner, Hamblen County administrator of elections. They are Diane Hardin, Mike Reed and Jim Wills. The qualifying deadline is noon on Thursday.

All three potential candidates, like Minnich, are Republicans. The Republican Party primary will be held on March 3.

Thus far, Road Superintendent Barry Poole and Property Assessor Keith Ely have no potential opposition. Trustee Scotty Long and Jason Darnell have returned their qualifying petition, as have incumbents Eileen Arnwine and Scotty Cutshaw in the District 14 county commission race. That seat became vacant when Long was appointed trustee following the resignation of John Baskette.