The city of Ringgold has two seats up for grabs on its City Council this election season, with four candidates vying for the two at-large positions to be decided Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The candidates are incumbents Jake Haynes and Randall Franks, along with challengers Kelly Bomar and Rhonda Swaney. The top two vote-getters will be elected.
The Catoosa County News sent a questionnaire to each of the four candidates.
Early voting is currently underway Monday through Friday at Ringgold City Hall and will close on Friday, Nov. 3. Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. On election day polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Hall is located at 150 Tennessee Street, and voters will need to have a valid photo ID present when casting their ballots.
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.
Q&A with Jake Haynes (incumbent)
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I am the maintenance supervisor for Catoosa County Public Schools.
Q: What type of local government/if any experience do you have?
A: I have been with the Public School System for 29 years and 3-1/2 years as City Councilman.
Q: What made you decide to run for/seek re-election in this year's Ringgold
City Council race?
A: I would like to help see the city grow with more businesses and having more family friendly activities in the community.
Q: What types of ideas, plans, or adjustments would like to present for the
future of the city if elected?
A: In the near future I would like to add more sidewalks and street lights to keep our city safer and give it a more contented feel.
Q: What do you feel are the biggest issues that exist within the city now, and how would you address them?
A: At the current time, I feel the traffic going to and coming from Alabama Highway is a big concern. This is being addressed at the current time. Wider roads would relieve traffic going in and out of Ringgold and also help our local community be able to maneuver around town without traffic delays. It would make our roads safer along with our people of the community.
Q: What would you like to say to voters about the importance of the election to encourage them to get out and vote?
A: I have lived inside the city limits my entire life and plan to stay throughout my lifetime, so I have an interest in keeping Ringgold a wonderful place to live and visit. I hope you will take the time to get out and vote and let your voices be heard. You are the people who live here and should exercise your rights by voting. I hope to see you at the polls!