Campaigns may heat up at chili cook-off

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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While most cities in Wise County struggled to find enough candidates to fill out a city council ballot, Rhome’s race remains competitive heading into the May election.

Six candidates have filed for the city’s three council positions up for grabs.

On the ballot are incumbents Cole Blanche, Chris Graves and Louis Godfrey, along with challengers Charles Pennington, Patti Mitchell and Ronnie Moore.

Those wanting to know more about the ideas and backgrounds of the candidates are encouraged to attend a “Meet the Candidates” event noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Rhome Family Park located at 400 South Virginia.

The event will coincide with Rhome’s first-ever chili cook-off. The cook-off is being organized by the parks and recreation board.

Blanche and Graves are finishing up their first terms as council members. Godfrey was unanimously appointed by the council last year to fill an empty seat.

Pennington served on the council for years until he was defeated in the May 2011 elections. Pennington and Moore are both on the parks and recreation board, where they serve as chair and vice-chair.

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