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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hommel petition
Cocke County Administrator of Elections Josh Blanchard announced Wednesday that Gayla Hommel has filed a certificate of write-in candidacy for the office of Commissioner for the Town of Parrottsville, in the November 6 election. Hommel had previously picked up a qualifying petition but did not return it prior to the August 16 qualifying deadline. The only candidates to qualify for the Parrottsville Commission are the three current commissioners; Thad Balch, Douglas Dewayne "Doodle" Daniel and Ronnie Hommel. Daniel is serving as Mayor of the town. On September 7, Blanchard reported that his office received three letters which question the residency of candidate Daniel. Two of the letters say, 'My concern is that one of the individuals who has qualified for commissioner does not currently reside within the city limits. Although his mailing address may still be in the city, he does not live there." Blanchard says the letters identify the candidate in question as Daniel and include the statement "It is common knowledge that Mr. Daniel resides with his girlfriend/fiancee Joni Sane Hicks in the Parrottsville community which has a county address." The third letter also questions whether Daniel meets residency requirements. Daniel's qualifying documents list his residence as 2121 Old Parrottsville Highway, which is in the city of Parrottsville. Daniel in response to the challenge to his residency told the Citizen Tribune he will present proof of his city residency to the election commission at it's special called meeting. He also stressed that the name of his girlfriend is Joni Sane. As a result of the challenges, the election commission voted to postpone the approval of names to appear on the November ballot. Blanchard said the election commission will hold a called meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cocke County Chancery Courtroom to hear and resolve the residency challenge of Mr. Daniel, as well as to consider the approval of the November ballot.

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