Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah incumbents see no challengers file for May election

Both Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North will hold early voting from April 20 to 28 ahead of the May 2 general election. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper).
Both Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North will hold early voting from April 20 to 28 ahead of the May 2 general election. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper).

Both Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North will hold early voting from April 20 to 28 ahead of the May 2 general election. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper).



The cities of Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North will see uncontested races for the positions available in the May 2 general election.


Shenandoah Communications Manager Debbie Pilcher said as of the Feb. 14 filing deadline, no candidates outside of the incumbents filed an intent to run in the upcoming election. The Shenandoah incumbents are:

  • Ritch Wheeler, mayor

  • Ron Raymaker, council member place 1

  • Michael McLeod, council member place 5


According to the City of Oak Ridge North, none of its three incumbent candidates will face opposition in the May 2 general election. The Oak Ridge North incumbents are:


  • Paul Bond, mayor

  • Thomas Reed Coale, council member place 1

  • Gaetan Alexandre Jones, council member place 3




Bond, a former council member, was sworn in as mayor last June following the retirement of former Mayor Jim Kuykendall. Coale, who had previously served on council for several years before resigning in 2017, was then appointed to fill Bond's vacant seat. Jones first won a seat on council in 2016 and was re-elected in 2018.

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