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County race picks up speed as nine indicate intention to file

Nine hats are in the ring, with more surely to come.
After weeks of rumors, two local officials made their candidacy for the office of Washington County Mayor official and another announced his plans to oppose Sheriff Ed Graybeal in the county’s Aug. 7 general election.
Zoning administrator Mike Rutherford picked up his papers from the Elections Commission on Friday, Nov. 22, as his first step in his campaign for the office of Washington County Mayor. Incumbent County Mayor Dan Eldridge also announced he will run for another term and picked up his documents the same day.
In the Washington County Sheriff’s race, incumbent Ed Graybeal has stated his intentions to run for another term, but will face opposition in next year’s election from Jonesborough Town Operations Manager Craig Ford.
Others who have made their intentions known by picking up their applications are incumbents Jack Daniels, Washington County’s Trustee of 28 years; Ginger Jilton, who has been the county’s register of deeds for four terms; and Kathy Story, who has held the office of Washington County Clerk since 2010.
There were also several newcomers who jumped into the fray early. They are Tom Krieger, former president of Fleming foods. He has announced that he will seek a seat on the Washington County Commission, representing the 6th district; and Telford resident, 25-year-old Matthew Morris, will make a run for a seat to represent the 8th commission district.