`Candidates for the Sweetwater City Commission and Sweetwater Board of Education June 13 election have begun picking up qualifying petitions to run.

Several potential candidates have picked up petitions, and a few have turned them back in with the necessary voter signatures to qualify to run. The qualifying deadline is noon on March 21 and the last day for citizens to register to vote is May 14.

Three City Commission seats currently held by Billy “Buster” West, Sam Moser and Edward Lee are on the ballot.

The seats of Kenzie Lovingood, Patrick Gaines and Dr. John Fox are up for re-election on the School Board.

So far for School Board, only the three incumbents have picked up petitions.

For City Commission, the three incumbents have all picked up petitions and so have Richard Bettis, Hunter Brockman, William B Nelson, Lida Paul and Travis Paul.

As of press time for this article, only Richard Bettis and “Buster” West have turned in their petitions with voter signatures.

Early voting for the June election will run May 24 to June 8.

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