Town Council, Clerk elections are set for Patriot, Vevay


This past Monday, August 1st, was the deadline for candidates to file to run for town council seats in Vevay and Patriot; and also for the clerk-treasurer posts in both communities.

With filings now closed, both parties now turn their attention to holding caucuses to elect their slates, with the General Election set for Tuesday, November 8th.

Switzerland County Clerk of Courts Kim Hambrick said that political parties have until Saturday, August 20th to hold their caucuses, which are held in place of primary elections. At those caucus meetings, party members come and elect a slate of up to three candidates and one clerk-treasurer candidate to run on the November ballot.

As of Monday’s deadline, those caucuses will be pretty quiet, as there are no contested races for council posts and one contested race overall.

– In the town of Vevay, there are three candidates on the Democratic ballot: current councilman Jamie Hayes and former council members Charles “Pete” Furnish and Keith Smith.

– The only contested race in the county, there are two candidates for the Democratic nomination for Vevay Clerk-Treasurer. Incumbent Donna Graham will be opposed by Melissa “Missy” H. Jackson in the caucus.

– On the Republican ballot in Vevay, there are two candidates for town council: Incumbent Kirk Works and Josh South.

– On the Republican ballot for Vevay Clerk-Treasurer, Gayle Lay is the only candidate.

– In the town of Patriot, there are three candidates in the Democratic caucus for the three seats: Robert L. Robinson, Mike Thomas, and Gordon Wayne Turner, Jr.

– Incumbent Democrat Clerk-Treasurer Linda Sue Fisk is running unopposed for reelection.

– There are no Republican filings in Patriot.


Democrats in Vevay will hold their caucus on Thursday, August 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Switzerland County Courthouse. All members of the Democratic party who live in the town of Vevay are invited to attend.

No other caucuses have been set at this time.