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Milledgeville candidate field set, voting starts Monday

Milledgeville candidate field set, voting starts Monday

Milledgeville candidates, from left, are Hershel O. Hollin, Steve Hutton, Brenda Essary, Dannie Kennedy, and Ricky Hollin. Staff Photo by Janet Rail

The field for Milledgeville’s May 28 city election is set, according to McNairy County Coordinator of Elections Joannie Collins.

Early voting will begin Monday and last until May 23 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the McNairy County Election Commission in the basement of the Courthouse in Selmer.

Dannie Kennedy is running unopposed for Mayor, while four candidates are also running unopposed for Alderman.

The city straddles McNairy, Hardin and Chester counties.

Kennedy just retired from the banking business in which he worked for the last 45 years. He worked the last eight at Hardin County Bank in Adamsville and at Community South before that.

Kennedy has served as both mayor and alderman. 

He has lived in Milledgeville practically all his life, he says.

Kennedy is married and has one daughter, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He said he is running because he recently retired and had more time and incumbent Mayor Leland Alexander chose not to run for re-election.

When asked what he would like to accomplish over the next four years he said, “I’d like to clean up our town  and work together to make Milledgeville a better place to live.”

Hershel O. Hollin and Rickie Hollin are running for the two positions in the McNairy County ward.

Hershel Hollin has lived in Milledgeville all his life and graduated from high school at Morris Chapel.

He worked at Anvil at Henderson as a supervisor for 33 years.

He has served as an alderman for the past eight or nine years and is retired.

Getting a walking track at Milledgeville is the accomplishment during his term of office that he is most proud of. His agenda for the next four years includes improvements to the Community Center, City Hall and the fire department.

Rickie Hollin is running for the Chester County position. 

He has lived in Milledgeville all of his life, too. 

He graduated from Sardis High School and is married.

Hollin has worked at Piggly Wiggly in Adamsville, where he is now manager,  since 1978.

He is also a member of the Milledgeville Volunteer Fire Department and of the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Savannah.

When asked why he is running he said, “People around town asked me to run and I told them I’d give it a try.”

Brenda Essary is running unopposed for the Hardin County position on the board.

When asked why she is running and what she seeks to accomplish in her term on the board she said, “I’d like to see that the town is a nice, clean, Christian place to live for my children and grandchildren.

Another one of her goals is to get a bank in Milledgeville because its residents have to drive to Adamsville to do their banking now.

Essary has been President of the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary for the past 6 years. 

She is also a full-time farmer with her husband, Ricky, her daughter, Brandy Cherry and her husband, Jason. They also participate in tractor pulls.

She has been married for 39 years and has lived in the area all her life. She graduated from Chester County High School.

Essary has two other children, Crystal Hunt, who is married to her husband Brandon. She also has a son, Kevin, whose wife is Megan. She has three grandchildren, Sydney Cherry, Bristol Kate Cherry and Cooper Essary.

Steve Hutton is running for the Chester County position.

He served for eight years on the board previously. 

His father, Lloyd Hutton, previously served as Milledgeville Mayor and Sheriff of Hardin County.

He has worked in maintenance for Leroy Summer Co. in Lexington for the past 35 years.

He has served in the Milledgeville Fire Department for around 30 years.

Hutton is a graduate of McNairy Central High School and his wife is Lisa Hutton. 

They have two children, Adam Hutton and Jamie Ballard.

Hutton has a granddaughter, Shelby and a stepdaughter, Maggie Swindle and a step granddaughter, Gracie. He has lived in Milledgeville all of his life.

When asked why he is running he said, “It’s a civic duty. I have the experience to help the community. Several people asked me to run.”

Hutton said, “It’s good to get new people with new ideas in office,” when asked why he left and is coming back to the board. He said his priorities in office will be a new community center and improving the fire department.

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