Four of 7 city seats contested

Hendersonville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will have at least two new faces come November.

Both Ward 5 Alderman Hamilton Frost, who was first elected to the board in 1994, and Matt Stamper, a two-term alderman from Ward 6, have chosen to not seek re-election.

In Ward 5, the race for the open seat is expected to be a heated one.

Frost has endorsed Jonathan Hayes, a resident of the Governor’s Point subdivision whose wife Tammy sits on the Sumner County Board of Education. Darrell Woodcock, who also represents Ward 5, has endorsed Chris Spencer of Caudill Drive. Spencer has been pushing city and state leaders to address residents’ concerns about blasting at a nearby quarry.

Stamper’s successor will be Autumn Creek resident Eddie Roberson who is running unopposed. Roberson is a member of the city’s planning commission as well as chairman of the city’s long-range planning committee, Hendersonville Horizons.

The three other current aldermen facing opposition in the Nov. 6 municipal elections include Peg Petrelli of Ward 1; and Arlene Cunningham and Paul Frisbee of Ward 3.

Petrelli, who is completing her first term on the board, is being challenged by attorney Eric Sitler. Frisbee, who was appointed in February following the resignation of Angie Hedberg, faces two challengers, Russ Edwards and Charles Alexander for the two-year, unexpired term.

Cunningham, who is seeking her third term, is being challenged by Hedberg. Hedberg resigned after Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley said he would file an ouster lawsuit against her following two DUI pleas. When Hedberg was told by Whitley that she couldn’t run for the seat she vacated, she announced she would seek Cunningham’s seat, a four-year term.

Pat Campbell of Ward 2 and Steve Brown of Ward 4 are both running unopposed for four-year terms.

There are also several state races on the Nov. 6 ballot including the office of Governor; U.S. Senate; U. S. House of Representatives District 6; and Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 40, 44 and 45.

Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 1 at the Sumner County Administration Building. For early voting satellite locations and times, go to the Sumner County Election Office’s website at Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

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