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Guide to the City Election 2018

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Every four years, our community makes a choice. We head into the voting booth, we look at the candidates listed, and we choose. In that moment, we set the course for Fayetteville and Lincoln County in the coming years.

The people we chose for local government are the ones that have the most impact on our day-to-day lives. Here’s just a few things our local government decides:

  • Local taxes – property, sales, etc.
  • Policing and public safety
  • School quality and safety
  • Jobs and jobs training programs
  • Roads, sewer, Internet access, and other infrastructure

And the list goes on and on and on. Our local government sets the priorities and future of our community.

To help you decide which candidates deserve your vote, I’ll be talking with all of them running for local office. You’ll hear each candidate’s vision for our community. You’ll hear their plans on jobs and roads and future growth. You’ll hear straight from them on why their ideas are the right choice for us.

The list below has all the candidates along with what office they’re running for. As we add more interviews, they’ll be linked up in the list below.

You can also watch the City Candidate Forum here.

The Candidates

You’ll choose one city mayor candidate.

You’ll choose three alderman candidates. The top three candidates with the most votes win the open seats.

With current Alderman Gwen Shelton resigning on November 7th, the fourth top vote-getter will win her seat. That person will serve out the remainder of Shelton’s two year term. If current Alderman Michael Whisenant wins the mayor’s seat, we’ll have a fifth open alderman seat as well.

You’ll choose three school board candidates. The top three candidates with the most votes win the open seats.

  • Mark A. Clark
  • Jennifer Watt Murdock
  • Jeff Whitmore

Dates to Remember

Mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Last Day to Register to Vote – October 9th
  • Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot – October 30th
  • Early Voting – October 17th to November 1st
  • Election Day – November 6th

Register to Vote

You’ve got three options to register:

  • Online – Head over to the GoVoteTN site here to register.
  • By Mail – Print the voter registration form here and send it in by mail.
  • In-Person – Stop by 208 Davidson Street East  Room 106 here in Fayetteville. The Election Commission is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. You can fill out the registration form there.

Where to Vote

For early voting, head down to the Election Commission at 208 Davidson Street East – Room 106.

On election day – November 6th – you’ll head to your voting place. Look up your voter information here to find that location.

If you find yourself with questions on how to register or where to vote, let us know in the comments!

2 comments on “Guide to the City Election 2018

  1. Jason Terhune

    Thank you for the update Chase. This is really helpful!

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