The November ballot is set, and two candidates will face no challengers.

The deadline for local political parties to appoint a candidate to an empty slot on the ballot passed — without fanfare — at noon on Tuesday, according to county clerk David Shelton.

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans named any new candidates, which means Republican incumbent Trent Hinkle has officially secured a second term as the District 2 county commissioner.

Former city councilman T.J. Brink, too, will fill the District 1 commissioner’s seat now occupied by Tim Ellerman come Jan. 1, 2021.

Brink defeated Ellerman, the incumbent, in the June Republican primary race, snagging more than 57% of votes cast.

There will, however, be a four-way race come November for the three county council at-large seats up for grabs.

Incumbent councilmen Harry Noting and David Culp, both Republicans, will be on the ballot as will newcomer Dan Reitmeyer, who, as a Democrat, made an unsuccessful bid for the District 1 county council seat currently held by Randy Crismore in November of 2018.

Reitmeyer is now running as a Republican.

And rounding out the four candidates will be Kevin Meyer, the county council's lone Democrat, as he plans to seek election to his at-large seat as well. He was appointed to the seat in December after former councilman Tim Crowley announced his resignation.

Meyer previously served one term as a county commissioner from 2009-12.

Knox County Coroner Brian Hagen, a Democrat, was unopposed in the primary but this fall will face Republican newcomer Karen Donovan as she defeated Mike Schiermann, a city firefighter, last month.

And rounding out the November races, Republican Cendy Joslin, a former county treasurer, will challenge incumbent treasurer Brenda Hall, a Democrat.

This year's General Election will be on Nov. 3. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5.

For more information, contact the county election office at 812-895-4927.

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