Roe’s right-hand man among six vying for commission seat
By Karen Sells
The winner will complete the remaining two years of the term served by Commissioner Evert Jarrett, who died April 19.
Tommy Crowder, of 165 May Bricker Road in Limestone, was the first to throw his hat in the ring when he filed his candidacy on June 4.
Papers were filed the next day by Eddie Haren, of 142 Eddie Haren Road in Jonesborough, and Steven Light, of 153 Thornburg Hills Road, Limestone.
Light was appointed during the May meeting of the commission to fill the vacancy left by Jarrett until the next county general election.
This race will be Haren’s second attempt to serve the 8th District. He tried to run as a write-in candidate during the 2010 general election, but his votes were not allowed to be counted as a result of his filing after the deadline.
Also vying for the seat are Jerry W. Boswell, of 162 Ducktown Road in Limestone, and John Abe Teague, of 196 Shanks Road in Telford. Since 2009, Teague has served as district representative for U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe.
The sixth candidate interested in serving as a county commissioner for the 8th District is B.J. Robbins, of 144 Harmony Heights in Jonesborough.
The commission also has a vacancy in the 7th District, which has been filled by Mike Ford since Commissioner Richard Shadden’s death in May 2011. Ford was elected by the commission the following month and ran unopposed in the March primary. He continues to run unopposed in the Aug. 2 election.