The deadline to qualify for open seats in the March county election passed this afternoon, and the races are now set.
Incumbent Law Director Joe Jarret and Property Assessor Phil Ballard, each, will face competition from former elected officials in the Republican primary. Current Criminal Court Judge Steven Sword, however, has no challengers.
In addition, two of the four school board members also face challengers for their non-partisan seats. Cindy Buttry, who represents the 3rd District, opted not to seek re-election.
Instead, Bobby Edington, Doug Harris and Gina Oster will vie for the seat.
Additionally, no one opted to challenge current school board Vice Chairwoman Indya Kincannon for the 2nd District seat.
Karen Carson, the 5th District incumbent, will face Elaine Davis, who serves on the county’s Ethics Committee. In the 8th District, incumbent Mike McMillan will face Conley Underwood, a vocal supporter of the movement in East Knox County to get a new Carter Elementary School built.
Also, former county Commissioner Richard “Bud” Armstrong will square off against Jarret; and former Property Assessor John Whitehead will challenge Ballard.
The general elections will be held in August.
School board candidates need to get 50 percent plus one of the votes cast to move on.