Dayton election

Pictured above, voters line up to cast their ballot during the last Dayton municipal election in 2017. This year’s election is set for Wednesday, and two incumbent city council members are each running unopposed.

The Rhea County Election Commission is preparing for the upcoming City of Dayton elections, which are slated for Wednesday, April 17.

The two city council members whose seats are up for grabs in April — Jim Lewis and Bobby Doss — will both be running unopposed, as Rhea County Administrator of Election Tom Davis said they were the only two people to hand in a qualifying petition to run.

Members of the Dayton City Council serve for four-year terms, and elections are staggered to take place every two years. In 2017, Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen, council member Billy Graham and council member Steve Randolph all ran unopposed.

On Election Day in April, election officials said that Dayton precincts will cast their ballots at the Rhea County Welcome Center. Davis said polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Davis said that registered property rights voters — those voters who live outside Dayton city limits but own property inside those limits — are also eligible cast their ballot in the upcoming election.

Per state law, all voters will be required to show government-issued identification prior to casting their ballot.

For more information on elections, visit or contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-7816.