ROGERSVILLE — Chairman Luke Lee on Tuesday attended his last meeting as a member of the Hawkins Co. Election Commission.
Lee, a Republican, has served for six years and is not seeking re-appointment. He was appointed in March of 2009 to fill out the remainder of the late Election Commissioner Tom Russell’s term of office.
“I’d just like to thank everybody for all of their help, support and encouragement,” Lee said, in farewell remarks to his fellow board members during the March 3, 2015 meeting. “It has been real and it has been fun. I think we have worked well together and I certainly appreciate everybody, but it’s just time to go.”
Lee said that, no matter what a person’s individual political persuasion, Election Commission members are there to serve the public.
“We’re here for the people, it doesn’t matter what we call ourselves,” he said. The terms of remaining commission members Nancy Heck-R, Teresa Greer-D, Judy Woods Trent-D, and Ralph Trent-R will also be up for appointment when the Tennessee State Election Commission meets in early April.
Tennessee law requires the TSEC to meet on the first Monday in April in odd-numbered years to make county election commission appointments for two-year terms. This year’s meeting is scheduled for April 6 at noon. Any remaining appointments will be made at the TSEC’s regularly scheduled meeting at noon on April 13.
TSEC members, according to state Code, consult with General Assembly members from the county — Sen. Frank Nicely and Rep. Mike Harrison — regarding recommendations as to persons to be considered for the appointments, a spokesperson in Nashville told The Review.
The TSEC members assigned to make appointments in Hawkins County are Chairman Judy Blackburn (Republican appointments), and Commissioner Tom Wheeler (Democratic appointments).
In other matters Monday Election Commissioners:
• As required by state law on a quarterly basis, conducted a Voter Registration Deficiency survey on a sampling of new registrations to ensure that all information is properly listed.
• Discussed a desire to install a sidewalk for safety and accessibility purposes at the Ruritan building in the Northport precinct. Right now, Administrator of Elections Donna Sharp said, it is uncertain who actually owns the building and until that can be determined no action can be taken.
• Discussed pending leases for voting space with several local churches.
The Commission’s next meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in the conference room on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex.