BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
All five Greeneville residents who filed to run for the 8th District seat on the Greene County Commission received the Election Commission's official qualification on Wednesday to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The Election Commission qualified the ballot pending any withdrawals during a called meeting at 1 p.m., immediately following the noon filing deadline for the unexpired term.
The withdrawal deadline is Sept. 15.
On Monday, the Election Commission also qualified the filing for a United States Presidential candidate, Virgil Goode, of Rocky Mount, Va., who had numerous signatures from Greene County on his petition.
The 8th District position became vacant with the death of Commissioner Brenda Grogan on Aug. 6 following an illness.
Grogan was serving in her third term of office and had been last elected in 2010. The commissioner term expires at the end of August 2014.
Five individuals have filed and qualified for the position. All five must run as independents to fill the unexpired term. They include:
* William "Bill" Dabbs, of Oak Hills Parkway;
* Phil Gentry, of Alice Street;
* Andrew "Andy" Hillyer, of Bird Circle;
* Russell Johnson, of Forest Street; and,
* Eddie O'Brien, of West Vann Road.
Dabbs had previously served on the County Commission for two terms. As an incumbent, he lost the election in August 2010 when he ran against David Crum, Bill Moss and Grogan.
The district is represented by three commissioners.
Gentry serves as a member of the Greeneville Civil Service Board.
Hillyer served for several years as aquatics director at Kinser Park and is a director of the Greene County Firewood Ministry.
O'Brien has run in numerous elections in the past, including elections for city and state government.
Candidates for the 6th District School Board seat and Greene County Circuit Court Clerk, both of which will also appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, were qualified in August.
The qualifying deadline for those offices was Aug. 16, and the withdrawal deadline was Aug. 23.