Voters in the City of Dayton will have a chance to vote in two upcoming elections in March and April.
A special election will be held in March to fill the empty seat once held by Dayton City Council Member Jim Lewis, who passed away in late December.
Early voting for the special election begins on Thursday, Feb. 25, and continues until Friday, March 12. Early voters will cast their ballots at the Rhea County Election Commission, and polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
As of press time Friday, Ted Doss, Paul Soyster and Caleb Yawn have submitted qualifying petitions to run for the seat. Rhea County election officials said that D. Scott Hall and Lance C. Sholl have also picked up qualifying petitions but have not yet returned them to the election commission.
Hall and Sholl have until Thursday, Feb. 4, to return their petitions.
Election Day for the special election is set for March 17, and all voting on that day will take place at the Rhea County Welcome Center on Main Street, not the election commission office. Polls are open on Election Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nearly a month later, the normal Dayton City Council election will be held where a mayoral seat and two city council seats are up for grabs.
Early voting for the regular election begins on Thursday, April 1, and continues until Friday, April 16. As in previous elections, early voters will cast their ballots at the Rhea County Election Commission, and polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Incumbent Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen is seeking to retain is seat and is running against challenger Hurley Marsh.
Incumbent city council members Bill Graham and Steve Randolph are also seeking to keep their seats and will be running against challengers Bo Kaylor, Paul Soyster and Angie Pierce Stumbo.
All voters must show photo identification prior to casting their ballots. For more information on the upcoming elections, contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-7816.