Carter County Mayor Humphrey to run for reelection as write-in candidate
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. —
Leon Humphrey, the current Mayor of Carter County defeated in last month's Republican primary, announced Wednesday his plans to run in the August election as a write-in candidate.
His opponent will be Rusty Barnett who captured the primary win with 38 percent of the vote on May 1 with Humphrey placing second and Danny Ward third. There were no Democratic candidates for the County Mayor's race listed on the May ballot.
Presenting official paperwork of the filing at a news conference in Elizabethton, Humphrey said in a prepared statement that he had been "bombarded" daily by citizens urging him to run a write-in campaign.
Humphrey was one of two incumbent county mayors to be defeated locally in the May primary- the other was Greg Lynch in Unicoi County.
County elections along with federal and state primary elections are scheduled for Aug. 2.