Cities hold municipal elections

BY Kate Coil

TML Communications Specialist 

Elections were held in five Tennessee municipalities during the spring of this year. The municipalities of Berry Hill, Dover, LaFayette, Loretto, and Rockford all held elections between March and May this year.  Voters in another five municipalities are expected to go to the polls this June while election season kicks into high gear in August and November.  A total of 68 municipalities will hold elections coinciding with the Aug. 2 mid-term primaries while nearly another 200 cities and towns plan to host elections coinciding the Nov. 6 mid-term elections. 


Berry Hill held its biennial city election on March 20 with two of the three board of commissioners’ seats up for grabs. Mike Galehouse and Dennis Sheffield – who was appointed to fill the remainder of retiring mayor Beth Sartain’s term in 2017 – both ran unopposed. After the election, Greg Mabey was selected to serve as the city’s mayor while Mike Galehouse was selected to serve as vice-mayor for the next two years.  


Dover Mayor Lesa Fitzhugh retained her seat in an uncontested race in the city’s March 6 election. Challenger Mike Pulley unseated incumbent Paul Bud Berry in the race for the Ward 1 Alderman seat. Berry previously served as Dover’s vice mayor. Incumbent Robert “Boo” Beecham defeated challenger Archie Story in the race for the Ward 2 Alderman seat. 


The city of Lafayette held a municipal election on May 1 in which three of the six Lafayette City Council positions were up for grabs.  Incumbent Steve Turner retained his seat on the board while challengers Seth A. Blankenship and Jerry Wilmore were elected to the seats previously held by Marcus Smith and Jerry Wix. Challengers Tom Roberts and Tim Wooten also ran for the open seats. 


Two candidates ran unopposed in Loretto’s April 24 municipal election.  Incumbent Jesse E. Turner was elected to a four-year term as mayor while Steve McMasters was re-elected to his four-year alderman seat. 


Incumbents Jennifer L. Brown and Sandra L. Hitson were both re-elected to the two open seats on the Rockford City Commission.