Longtime local public servant Douglas “Buddy” Hines is seeking reelection to Lenoir City Council, but a review of his 2022 voting record in conjunction with missed interviews and an inability to be reached by phone raise concerns about his ability to serve.

Hines is among six men — three incumbents and three challengers — running for three open seats on council. Those elected Nov. 8 will serve four-year terms. Early voting ends Thursday.

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