The Week Ahead – May 15, 2017

Iranian Presidential Election Friday

The twelfth Iranian presidential election takes place this Friday (May 19, 2017). Candidates can be any natural-born Iranian citizen (including women), who is over 21 years of age, believes in God and Islam, and whose loyalty to the Iranian constitution is without repute. This year, 1,636 people submitted their names to run for president—approximately 1,000 more people than for the previous election in 2013. Candidates are vetted by Iran’s Guardian Council (GC), which approves a small handful to seek election. This year, the GC narrowed the field to six men, including incumbent president and odds-on favorite Hassan Rouhani (roh-haw-NEE).

Rouhani is a popular moderate, who successfully negotiated the release of sanctions against his country in 2015 by agreeing to curb Iranian nuclear development. Despite his popularity on the ground, election polls are less rosy. Largely due to economic problems, which have not improved since sanctions were lifted over a year ago, 54% of those polled said that Rouhani was either “somewhat likely” or “very likely” to be defeated in Friday’s election.

Some sources indicate that Ebrahim Raisi, who is also a candidate in Friday’s presidential election, is being groomed to succeed Ayatollah Khamenei, and a victory Friday would be a big first step for him.

From a Western perspective, this election will serve as a barometer telling about the political weather surrounding Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The Ayatolla has final say on everything that Iran does, but his processes are famously opaque. Though it is like trying to determine a jar’s contents by feel alone, Friday’s election may yet shed some light on the direction Iran will be going in the near future.

Pennington Gap Town Council Meets Today

The Pennington Gap Town Council’s regular monthly meeting is this evening at 6 p.m. at Pennington Gap Town Hall located at 528 Industrial Drive. Citizens of Pennington Gap are encouraged to attend to observe and to take part in their local government.

Be sure to read the full report on this month’s Pennington Gap Town Council meeting tomorrow (May 16, 2017) right here at The Lee Daily Register.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Meets Tuesday

The Lee County Board of Supervisors meets this Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the General District Courtroom at the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville. This meeting is open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend to see first-hand how their local government works. More information about the Lee County Board of Supervisors can be found on the County’s website

Be sure to read the full report on this month’s Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday (May 17, 2017) right here at The Lee Daily Register.

High School Graduations This Week

Seniors who successfully completed diploma requirements will graduate from both Lee High School and Thomas Walker High School this week. Thomas Walker’s graduation ceremony starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Kyle Rosenbalm Auditorium on the campus. Lee High will have its graduation the following day on Friday, May 19 starting at 7 p.m. at Five Star Stadium. The Lee Daily Register congratulates the graduates of these and all of our area schools on a job well done, and we look forward to seeing great things from these students in the future.

Last Day of School in Lee County

The last day of the 2016-17 academic year in Lee County is Friday, May 19, 2017. Students will be dismissed at noon that day. School is scheduled to start again on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year.

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