Bellamy grabs petition for open North Ward seat; Burnette does same in South

A Farragut citizen, who has been serving as chairman of Farragut Tourism Committee since its formation in November 2018, picked up a petition necessary to run for Board of Mayor and Alderman’s open North Ward seat, which will be decided in the non-partisan election Aug. 6.

If Michael Bellamy decides to run, he would look to replace Alderman/Vice Mayor Louise Povlin, who decided not to run for re-election citing personal reasons. (He would not automatically become vice mayor if elected).

Bellamy is a private practice attorney who received an undergraduate degree in microbiology from East Tennessee State University and graduated from the Appalachian School of Law in 2010. He has been an attorney in Tennessee since 2011.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to run for alderman so that, if I am elected, I can help implement those recommendations as policy and continue to serve Farragut,” Bellamy said.

Abouit his service on the Tourism Committee, “I worked with Committee Members on recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Alderman that would encourage more people to visit the beautiful Township of Farragut,” Bellamy said.

He and his wife, Kendra Bellamy, have one daughter, and are members of First Baptist Concord Church.

Burnette also gets petition

Also picking up a petition was Alderman Drew Burnette, a Town native and 1999 graduate of Farragut High School, who was appointed in September 2018 to fill the unexpired term of previous South Ward 2 Alderman Ron Williams, who was elected mayor earlier that year.

Burnette received a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University in 2003, where he was a scholarship kicker on the C-N Eagles Football team.

He is a regional vice president and medical device sales representative with Olympus Surgical.

Burnette and his wife, Brooke Burnette, have five children.

According to Chris Davis of Knox County Election Commission, neither possible candidate had turned in their petitions as of noon, Tuesday, March 10.

Deadline to return the petition to become a candidate is noon, Thursday, April 2.