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Candidate Deadline Nears for November Election

Filtz Withdraws from McKenzie Mayoral Race

Posted 8/9/22

With the August 18 deadline only a week away, more candidates have qualified for the November 8 Local Municipal Election.

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Candidate Deadline Nears for November Election

Filtz Withdraws from McKenzie Mayoral Race

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With the August 18 deadline only a week away, more candidates have qualified for the November 8 Local Municipal Election.
 
To qualify, candidates must obtain a petition for their office, gather at least 25 signatures, and file the petition with the Carroll County Election Commission. Signatures must be from registered voters eligible to vote in the city or county in which the candidate is seeking office.
 
In the city of McKenzie, voters will elect five offices: one city mayor, three councilpersons at-large for a four-year term, and one councilperson at-large for a two-year unexpired term.
 
In McKenzie’s mayoral race, Joshua Wheat Filtz, Ryan D. Griffin, and Jill Holland are qualified candidates. Tim McBride has obtained a petition but has not yet qualified.
 
Filtz’s candidacy was contested by Laura Keeton, the attorney for the City of McKenzie based on the premise that Filtz did not actually reside in McKenzie, but rather Milan.
 
Filtz contends he resides in McKenzie and signed a sworn statement with the Carroll County Election Commission stating he resides in McKenzie.
 
On Monday, August 8, in a social media post, Filtz announced he is withdrawing from the election.
 
He wrote, “It is with great indignation that I announce my withdrawal from the mayor’s race of McKenzie.  After meeting with my legal team and discussing all options in great detail, the decision was made, in conjunction with my family, to formally suspend my campaign.  
 
This was not an easy decision for me (n)or my family.  I love our city and will always advocate for the absolute best for our citizens.  
 
I want to be crystal clear, my primary residence will remain in my hometown of McKenzie, my small business will remain open for business, and I will continue to support and lift up our community in every way I can as a citizen and small business owner.  I pray that between now and the deadline for candidates to qualify (August 18th at noon), a viable option for mayor steps forward to run.  After the qualifying deadline, I plan to thoroughly evaluate all candidates and make a formal endorsement.  
 
I want to thank each and every one of you who have supported our campaign... This has definitely been an eye-opening experience that I will never forget.  With that said, know this… will never stop fighting for the absolute best for the City of McKenzie.  My voice, your voice, will continue to be heard.  
 
Thank you and God bless you all.  
 
Dr. Joshua W. Filtz”
 
Other candidates in McKenzie include:
 
Carol Jean Armpriest and Tom Alexander have qualified for City of McKenzie Councilman At-Large for a four-year term. Gerald Merchant obtained a petition but has not yet qualified. 
 
Josefina Batton has obtained a petition for City of McKenzie Councilman At-Large for a two-year unexpired term. She has not yet qualified.
 
Bobby Young has qualified for City of McKenzie Councilman At-Large. Verlan James Kliewer and Tim McBride have obtained petitions for candidacy but have not yet qualified.
 
In McLemoresville, voters will elect one mayor and five alderman, all for four-year terms.
 
As of July 27, there are no candidates for the mayoral position held by Phil Williams.
 
Sharron Holland is the lone qualifying candidate for City of McLemoresville Alderman. John Newsome, Jr. and Don T. Reed have also obtained petitions.
 
Voters in Atwood will elect one mayor and two aldermen, all for four-year terms.
 
Qualifying mayoral candidates are Fridie Algee, Jr. and Mike Tolley.  Taylor Coulter and Ricky Long have also obtained petitions.
 
Christopher James Cannon is the lone qualifying candidate for Town of Atwood Alderman. Jimmy W. Lewis and Randall D. Long have obtained petitions for Town of Atwood Alderman but have not filed them.
 
In Bruceton, voters will elect one mayor and two aldermen.
 
Robert T. Keeton, III and Dallas R. Wade have obtained petitions for mayor but have not yet filed them with the Carroll County Election Commission. 
 
James A. Butler is the lone qualifying alderman candidate. Jack R. Blocker has obtained a petition for the office.
 
In the town of Hollow Rock, voters will elect one mayor, three aldermen for a four-year term, and an alderman for a two-year unexpired term.
 
Bobby Brotherton is the lone candidate for Hollow Rock Mayor. Matthew Townsend has obtained a petition but has not filed it with the Carroll County Election Commission.
 
Angela Stockdale and Zachary Clement are qualified candidates for Town of Hollow Rock Alderman.
 
Huntingdon voters will elect three four-year council members and one council member with a two-year unexpired term.
 
Kelly B. Eubanks and Roy (Gino) Dill have obtained petitions for Town of Huntingdon Council Member.  Will Atkins has obtained a petition for Town of Huntingdon Council Member with a two-year unexpired term. None of the candidates have qualified with the Carroll County Election Commission as of August 8.
 
In Trezevant, voters will elect two four-year aldermen and one alderman for a two-year unexpired term.
 
Steve Richardson has filed a qualified petition for Town of Trezevant Alderman. Don Barger, Lloyd H. Bateman and Pamela D. Joyner have obtained petitions for the alderman seat.
 
The voter registration deadline for the November 8 election is October 11, and the absentee deadline is November 1. Early voting is October 19 through November 3. 

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