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Garber will not seek another term

Farragut Ward I incumbent Joel Garber has no plans to seek re-election in the upcoming April 3, 2007 town election, opening a door for those seeking to serve the town.

The seats currently held by Garber and alderman for Ward II Mary Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche will be up grabs in the April 3 election.

“I will not be seeking another term,” Garber said. “I’m finishing my third term and I believe that’s all I care to serve. I really believe in term limits to an extent, voluntary. I think it’s someone else’s turn.”

Garber said he has served the town for 12 years and is proud of the accomplishments he helped to bring about.

“I think the steady progress we’ve made over the twelve-year period toward making the town of Faragut what the citizens want and becoming more friendly to developers are big accomplishments,” he said.

Garber’s seat on the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission would also be open after the April 3 election.

Current FMPC member Bob Edlund said he intends to run for the Ward I seat.

“I will be running for the position,” he said. “I won’t be able to file officially until November, but I do intend to run.”

Edlund said his experience at ORNL as well as his time on the FMPC have given him the background and skills he would need to be alderman for Ward I.

Local businessman Ron Rochelle said he also plans to seek election to the Ward I slot.

Rochelle said he ran against Mike Haynes a couple of years ago when he lived on the south side of town. Since that time, he has moved to a home in the northern part of the community.

“Presently I’m on the town of Farragut Visual Resources Review Board,” he said.

Rochelle said his experience on the VRRB, the town of Farragut Unsung Navy, Knox County Parks and Recreation Board and more than 30 years of small business experience give him the qualifications needed for the position.

“I plan on running again,” LaMarche said. “I’ll probably announce it officially in January. You can’t pick up the petition to run until November twentieth.”

She said her first term was an educational experience and would like to continue the work she started in Farragut.

Knox County Administrator of Elections Greg Mackay confirmed LaMarche by saying the earliest date candidates can pick up petitions to run for the seats is Nov. 20. Deadline for petitions is noon Thursday, Jan. 18 with a withdrawal deadline of noon,

Jan. 25.


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