City of Dayton Municipal Election
March 17, 2021

To the voters of the City of Dayton, TN: Due to the untimely passing of Dayton City Councilman Jim Lewis on December 29, 2020, the Rhea County Election Commission must hold a special election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.

The special election is required pursuant to the Dayton City Charter, and Tennessee Code Annotated 2-14-102 sets the guidelines for the timing of such special election.

Therefore, the Rhea County Election Commission hereby calls a Special Municipal Election for one seat on the Dayton City Council for Wednesday, March 17, 2021, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Dayton North (Rhea County Welcome Center) Precinct. The candidate elected in this special election will serve the balance of the term to expire in 2023.

• Individuals interested in running for this office may pick up qualifying petitions at the Election Commission office during normal business hours.
• Qualifying deadline for this office shall be at 12 NOON, Thursday, February 4, 2021.
• The withdrawal deadline will be 12 NOON, Thursday, February 11, 2021.
• The last day to register to vote in person or by mail postmark for the March17, 2021, special election will be Tuesday, February 16, 2021.


The Rhea County Election Commission is located at 125 Court St., Suite 1, Dayton, TN 37321, phone 423-775-7816, fax 423-775-7880, email

The office is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2021
Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2021


Any elderly voter (age 60 or older) or voter with a disability whose polling place is inaccessible may vote early, by absentee ballot, or at the election commission office on Election Day (TCA 2-3-109(3)(1).

If voters choose to vote at the election commission office on Election Day, they must submit an affidavit to the election commission office no later than Saturday, March 6, 2021, stating that their designated polling place is not accessible. For more information contact the Rhea County Election Commission.


Tennessee state law requires all voters voting in person to present a federal or a State of Tennessee-issued photo identification containing the voter’s name and photograph. For more information contact our office at 423-775-7816 or visit the Tennessee Division of Elections website at

Rhea County Election Commission
Linda Pendergrass – Chairman Kathleen Garrison – Secretary
Skip Griffin – Member Frank Snyder – Member

Tom Davis – Administrator of Elections
Felicia Goodman – Deputy Administrator