Election preview: Local races

Here is a look at the local races for mayor and sheriff across the region. These are general elections, deciding who will take office.

Sullivan County

The incumbent, Republican sheriff Wayne Anderson, is facing Democratic challenger John Taylor.

Greene County

In the county mayoral race, incumbent Alan Broyles is not seeking re-election. The candidates are Republican David Crum, Democratic candidate Eddie Yokley, and indpendent Kenneth Lane.

In the sheriff's race in Greene County, incumbent Republican Steve Burns is facing Democratic candidate Pat Hankins.

Carter County

In the mayoral race incumbent Leon Humphrey is up against independent Kent Williams. Humphrey, who has more than 25 years experience in private sector business and industry, campaigned on the platform he should be re-elected based on the fiscal leadership he's provided during his first term.

Kent Williams is the Tennessee general assembly's only independent representative. He announced last year that he won't seek a fifth term so he could run for mayor.

There's an interesting race for sheriff in Carter County -- the current sheriff, Chris Mathes, lost the may primary to Dexter Lunceford. After hearing from supporters, the two-term incumbent Mathes decided to become a write-in candidate.

James Perrish, a former chief deputy of the department under former sheriff John Henson, is running as an independent.

Republican nominee Dexter Lunceford has 30 years experience in law enforcement and retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2012.

Unicoi County

The race for county mayor in Unicoi County is between Republican incumbent Greg Lynch and independent Larry Rose. Earlier this year, the two were involved in a confrontation in Lynch's office, so we'll be watching the race closely.

Click here to view all of our election coverage.

Most Popular