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Allen Mincey reports: Three Cleveland City Council seats are up for grabs in August, as is the mayor’s position, but there’s only one opponent in all.
The deadline for filing for state and federal elections ended at noon Thursday, April 7, with Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks moving on unopposed.
Ken Webb and Bill Estes also are unopposed in their council races fore an at-large seat and the 2nd District, respectively.
Appointed incumbent Marsha McKenzie is opposed in the council’s 1st District race by Nolan Tippens, who filed his petition for candidacy Thursday.
Cleveland City Council seats are not included in the May 3 Bradley County primary as those positions do not require party affiliation. The city’s Board of Education seats, which had been nonpartisan, were changed this year and are included in the May primary.
In news today…
A Tennessee Board of Regents Search Advisory Committee has selected four finalists for the next president of Cleveland State Community College, TBR said in a news release. They will participate in open forums with the campus community and the public April 18-21, the next step in the selection process.
The finalists are:
- Kathy Cecil-Sanchez, vice president of instruction and interim vice president of student success at Lone Star College in Houston. Cecil-Sanchez earned a Ph.D in higher education administration and a Master of Arts in English at Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
- Tiffany E. Hunter, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State College in Springfield, Ohio. Hunter earned a Ph.D in higher education leadership and a Master of Science in education at Capella University, a Master of Arts in birth to kindergarten education at Lenoir-Rhyne College, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro.
- Barsha Pickell, vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State. Pickell earned a Ph.D in government at the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in political science at the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science at Carson-Newman University.
- Ty A. Stone, president of Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York. Stone earned a Ph.D in organization and management at Capella University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in organizational strategy at Trinity University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Washington Adventist University.
Each finalist will visit the campus, meet with campus groups and participate in open forums with faculty, staff, students and the public who wish to attend. The forums are all scheduled for 10 a.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Theater on the main campus, with Stone scheduled for April 18, Hunter on April 19, Cecil-Sanchez on April 20, and Pickell on April 21. The forums will be streamed on the TBR website, via links on the search webpage above.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is allowing to become law without his signature a bipartisan bill he opposed, which gives the House and Senate speakers control of two-thirds of the appointments to the State Board of Education.
Lee communications director Laine Arnold confirmed to the Times Free Press in a brief text Friday the governor intended to let the bill become law without signing it, one of three options Tennessee governors have under the state Constitution when a bill comes to their desk. The other two options are signing or vetoing it.
Under current law, Tennessee governors make all the appointments to the nine-member board, which is tasked with establishing rules and policies governing all aspects of public K-12 education.