Qualifying still slow for Burns, White Bluff, Vanleer and Slayden elections on Nov. 4, deadline Aug. 21

Qualifying for the November municipal elections remains slow, with still nobody picking up a petition to run for mayor or the board of aldermen in Vanleer. White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden are holding municipal elections Nov. 4 in conjunction with the federal and state general elections. Qualifying for positions in all four towns began May 23 and ends Aug. 21, seven weeks from today. Despite being almost halfway through the qualifying period, nobody has picked up a petition to seek the two-year term as mayor of Vanleer or one of five seats on the board of aldermen. Incumbent Mayor Larry Robertson has said he will not seek re-election because he is moving outside the town limits. In 2012, there were 11 candidates on the ballot for the five alderman positions. Voters in Burns will elect a mayor and four commissioners for two-year terms. Dean Spurlock of Church Street picked up a petition to run for mayor Monday while Ricky Carpenter of Johnson Street started the process to run for the board of commissioners, joining former Commissioner Lewis Orcutt of Chestnut Drive as the only two potential candidates so far. Four people have now started the process of qualifying to run for the three seats on the White Bluff Town Council that will be filled for four-year terms. Ellen Campbell Marsh of Enchanted Trail obtained a petition on Monday to make her second run for the council after finishing fourth out of five candidates that sought two positions in 2012. She joins Sheila Street, Martha Beth Harding and Roberta “Sissy” Allen as potential candidates for the seats currently held by Todd Hamilton, Oscar Martin and Harding, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Lil Cauthen. Slayden voters will elect a mayor and three council members. So far, only incumbent councilwomen Mary Smathers and Debbie Smith have picked up petitions. Nobody has begun qualifying for the two-year term as mayor. Smathers and Tammy Potts were elected to the council and Gary Hodges was elected mayor in 2012, while Smith was appointed to serve in an open seat after there were not enough candidates on the ballot. Qualifying petitions for all four municipal elections are available at the Dickson County Election Office 8 am-4 pm Monday-Friday and completed forms must be turned in by noon Aug. 21 to get on the ballot.