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Rhonda Thurman plans write-in campaign for Dist. 1 Commission seat

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Rhonda Thurman tells Eyewitness News that she will register as a write-in candidate for Hamilton County Commission District 1 in the August 7 general election.  She is currently serving her third term representing the district on the County School Board.

In the May 6 GOP primary, thirteen-year incumbent Commissioner Fred Skillern was defeated by Randy Fairbanks by a 51-vote margin, 1,249 to 1,198.  There were no Democratic candidates, so Fairbanks had seemingly won the seat outright.  Thurman, well-known as a fiscal conservative, said Fairbanks had won by "promising everything to everybody."  She said she and Skillern had worked together on some upcoming projects, "and we need to see them through."

Fairbanks denied making multiple promises.  He said, "Commissioner Skillern has been holding back his discretionary funds, and the people in this district wonder why that money isn't being used.  We have needs that have not been addressed."  As for Thurman's write-in candidacy, he said, "That's her prerogative.  I went through the normal procedure to win the Republican primary in May, and I'll work just as hard to win in August."

Thurman and Fairbanks were in the same graduating class at Red Bank High School in 1974.  Thurman owns and operates Allure Beauty Salon, and Fairbanks runs his own accounting and tax service.

Election Commission officials say that in order to run as a write-in candidate, a person has to fill out a certificate of a write-in candidacy.  The paperwork must be submitted by June 18 (fifty days before the election).  They say it is up to write-in candidates to educate voters on making sure their votes count.

Early voting will be held from July 18th until August 2nd.


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