One contested race emerges among Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah filings for May elections

Several incumbents on the Oak Ridge North and Shenandoah city councils filed for candidacy in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Several incumbents on the Oak Ridge North and Shenandoah city councils filed for candidacy in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Several incumbents on the Oak Ridge North and Shenandoah city councils filed for candidacy in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Several incumbents on the Oak Ridge North and Shenandoah city councils have filed for candidacy in the May 1 election as of the Feb. 12 filing deadline.

In Oak Ridge North, three seats on City Council were set to appear on the ballot in the May election. Those up for re-election for two-year terms include Council Member Clint McClaren in Place 2, Council Member Dawn Candy in Place 4 and Council Member Frances Planchard in Place 5.

The three incumbents were the only candidates to file for the May election as of Feb. 12, and City Secretary Elizabeth Harrell said in an email that the city will move to cancel its election given a lack of challengers.

If that process is approved by city officials, Oak Ridge North will have canceled three straight elections due to a lack of challengers to sitting incumbents. McClaren, Candy and Planchard were last re-elected in 2019 after facing no opposition on the ballot, while Mayor Paul Bond and council members Tom Coale and Alex Jones faced no challengers after all filed for re-election in 2020.

In Shenandoah, three City Council members are up for election, though only one race is contested. Those up for election are Ted Fletcher in Place 2, Dean Gristy in Place 3 and Charlie Bradt in Place 4.


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Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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