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McGill, Elliott, Rosseel, Markli, Hollyfield pick up election papers
Haynes says he won’t seek re-election

Sugarwood resident Ralph McGill picked up a petition to run against Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III in the upcoming Farragut election in April.

McGill, 65, unsuccessfully ran against incumbent U.S. Rep. and Sugarwood resident John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. for his Second District House seat in 2006. He is a retired engineer from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

McGill, a native of Charlotte, N.C., holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. He and his wife of 42 years, Marianne, have two grown children.

When Farragut was incorporated in 1980, Marianne was elected as one of the first aldermen and served two terms.

McGill did not return phone calls by press time.

Alderman Tom Rosseel declared his intention to run for his currently held Ward I position.

Rosseel’s platform, he said, is similar to what it has been in past years, but broader.

“What I’m focusing on is planning for growth, and that includes implementing the Leisure Services Master Plan goals, which is to develop parks and a community center and greenways and acquire more land,” Rosseel said.

“I think we need to evaluate the opportunity to work with the Board of Education on a new elementary school.

“I think an important area I’d like to focus on also is recycling efforts and looking at opportunities to help the Town become a greener community,” he added.

Rosseel also mentioned urban growth planning, or re-evaluating and perhaps expanding Farragut town limits, and traffic safety and road improvements.

Rosseel added he was interested in promoting the Farragut business community, perhaps by creating an Economic Development Board, “to promote investment in Farragut in cooperation with the City of Knoxville and Knox County,” as well as Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce and Farragut Business Alliance.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to run again and hopefully be able to continue to serve the citizens of Farragut,” Rosseel said.

Bob Markli, of Markli Home Builders, picked up a petition for Alderman for Ward I Tuesday, Jan. 13. He did not return phone calls by press time.

He has been a long-time member of Farragut’s Visual Resources Review Board.

Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes has decided not to run for his currently held office, Alderman for Ward II.

“My wife and I talked about it over the holidays and we made the decision back around New Year’s,” Haynes said, citing increased demands at work as one main reason.

Haynes has been an Alderman for 14 years and is the only person in the Town’s history to have been elected as an Alderman for both wards.

Jeff Elliott has picked up a petition for Alderman for Ward II, but his decision, he said, has not been finalized.

“I’ve picked up a petition and I will be getting signatures and submitting it, but I’ve not finalized my decision yet,” he said.

“I’m still testing the waters regarding issues and what it would take financially to run,” he added.

Elliott, a frequent guest at Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings, sees the importance of citizen involvement in government.

“I’ve been a long-term resident of Farragut and I think it’s important for people to be involved in local government.

“This seemed like an interesting way to get involved,” Elliott said.

Cindy Hollyfield also has picked up a petition for Ward II.

Hollyfield did not return phone calls by press time.

All petitions must be returned by Thursday, Jan. 15. The last day to withdraw a petition is Thursday, Jan. 22.

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