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Town ballot set
Williams out, Honken in, LaMarche remains

Farragut’s next election in April — in which two aldermen’s seats are up for grabs — looks to be a shoo-in for the two candidates who are running unopposed.

Dot LaMarche, current Town vice mayor, is running unopposed for a Ward II (south side) alderman seat. This term will be her third.

Ron Honken, a Ward I resident, also is running unopposed for a seat being vacated by current Alderman John Williams.

Both candidates should be elected unless write-in candidates mount a charge.

“It is true I am not seeking re-election to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. ... Maybe we’ll do it again at some other time when things work out better,” Williams said in a voice mail.

LaMarche said she chose to run again after waiting to see if anyone else would pick up a petition, “and I might have withdrawn, but no one did. So I filled out my petition and turned it in.”

LaMarche also has participated with state and national municipal agencies, including Tennessee Municipal League and National League of Cities as a Farragut representative. This year, LaMarche was elected to serve as chairman for TML District 2, which covers all cities in East Tennessee. She also has been elected to serve as vice-chair of the human development committee for NLC.

“I’d like to continue working in those two areas and complete what I started. That’s really the main reason [I ran],” LaMarche said.

“I love what I do,” she added.

LaMarche said she’d like to see several things accomplished during her next term, including moving the Russell-Campbell House at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road, and moving Farragut Folklife Museum into the refurbished historical structure.

She also ranked high on her list of priorities a community center.

Finally, she lauded the Town’s recent partnerships with Farragut Business Alliance and the Economic Development Committee and the events the groups have planned and executed.

“I think we’re on the right road,” she added.

Honken also mentioned the movement toward a greater feeling of community.

“When I look at the term of Mayor Bob Leonard, he was involved with the formation of the Town and laying out the long-term vision of the community. I think Mayor [Eddy] Ford, then, helped implement that vision and built out what I’ll call the Town structure — the parks and roads.

“And as I’ve looked at what Mayor [Ralph] McGill has done, he’s taken that to the next level and now it’s migrating to what I’ll call the community of Farragut, where we’re having these events that are unique to the town of Farragut,” Honken said.

“I’ve really seen the Town migrate to that next level, of not just being a Town where people live, but a community where people have events to go to and things to be involved in. I like the direction the Town is going,” he added.

Honken ran for alderman six years ago and was defeated, but said since that time he’s been asked to run again. This year, the timing was right, he said, as other volunteer commitments he has are expiring.

Honken currently serves as a Farragut Municipal Planning Commissioner, a position appointed by Farragut’s Mayor. If Honken is elected (as presumed), his position would be filled by a person of Mayor McGill’s choosing.

The Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, and will be the last election Farragut will ever hold in the spring. The next election will be in August 2014, after Farragut’s Board decided last year to align the Town’s elections with Knox County’s.

The 2014 election also will be the first year term limits apply to elected officials. Farragut voters approved term limits by a landslide in November. The term limits will apply only to officials elected after 2014, and will limit officials to three terms total, and only two terms in any one office (as a mayor or as an alderman).

Early voting this year will start March 23 and end April 7.

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