School Board Member Rhonda Thurman Plans Write-In Campaign Against Fairbanks For County Commission District 1

Monday, May 19, 2014
Rhonda Thurman
Rhonda Thurman

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she is planning a write-in campaign for the District 1 County Commission seat.

Ms. Thurman has long been mentioned as a possible successor to longtime District 1 Commissioner Fred Skillern. However, Randy Fairbanks upset Mr. Skillern, a close ally of Ms. Thurman, in the May primary.

The only name on the ballot on Aug. 7 will be Republican Fairbanks, who is an accountant.

Mr. Fairbanks said, "I am the Republican candidate for the District 1 County Commission and I plan to spend the next two months doing exactly what I did the last four months that led the voters to support me and elect a new conservative voice for our community."

Ms. Thurman said she will wage a campaign over the next two months "to educate the people of District 1 about the write-in process."

She said those favoring her will need to both write in her name and also darken the circle at the write-in spot. "You have to do both or it doesn't count," she said.

Ms. Thurman said she plans to have billboards, Internet and radio advertising and "make a lot of phone calls" prior to the upcoming election.

She said, "I think I can represent District 1 well and do the best job of informing myself on the issues. I won't make any promises, but I will do the best I can for the people of District 1."

She said she plans to go to the election office on Tuesday morning to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Election officials said Soddy Daisy Commissioner Geno Shipley has also expressed an interest in a write-in campaign, but has not filed the necessary paperwork.

The deadline to do so is June 18. 


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