Ringgold City Hall

Ringgold City Hall

Early voting for Ringgold's City Council election will open up on Monday, Oct. 16 and will run for three weeks through Friday, Nov. 3.

The upcoming Nov. 7 election, which will decide two City Council seats, features four candidates that'll be chosen from an at-large voting process in which the top two vote-getters will be elected.

The candidates include incumbents Jake Haynes and Randall Franks, along with challengers Kelly Bomar and Rhonda Bishop Swaney.

One difference this year compared to past elections is that the election process is being conducted by the Catoosa County Elections Office.

Voters will still vote at Ringgold City Hall during early voting and on election day, but the votes will be administered and tabulated by Catoosa County Elections Office staff.

"We're just holding the election for them as far as putting on the election," said Catoosa County Elections Director Tonya Moore. "Elections Superintendent Nicki Lundeen actually does the qualifying and ethics paperwork and then we handle the election — the setup, early voting, and counting the votes. It's just like us running a county election."

Early voting will take place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. On election day polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will need to have a photo ID present when they arrive at the polls.

Anyone with additional questions about the election can contact Ringgold City Hall at 706-935-3061, the Catoosa County Elections & Voter Registration Office at 706-935-3990, or visit the Catoosa County Elections & Voter Registration Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/catoosaelections.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.