Voters go to polls in 5 municipal elections

BY KATE COIL

Five cities held municipal elections at the end of August and through September, including general elections in three cities, a special run-off in one, and a primary election in another.
The municipalities of Arlington, Dickson, and Lexington held regular elections while Knoxville held its primary election that will narrow down the candidates for an upcoming November general election.
Nashville also held a run-off election after several positions from a previous general election in August remained open when no candidate garnered enough votes to be seated.

ARLINGTON
The town of Arlington held a municipal election on Sept. 19. Incumbent mayor Mike Wissman defeated challenger and alderwoman Cheryl Pardue to retain his seat.
Additionally, incumbent Larry M. Harmon Jr. defeated challenger Don Hinkle for the Alderman Position 1 seat.
Russell Wiseman, a former mayor of Arlington from 2003 to 2011, defeated fellow challenger Dwight Barker for the Alderman Position 2 seat, vacated by Cheryl Pardue when she sought to run for the mayoral seat.
Incumbent Jeff McKee also defeated challenger Josh Fox for the Alderman Position 3 seat.

DICKSON
Voters in Dickson went to the polls for a municipal election held on Sept. 26.
Incumbent Don L. Weiss Jr. retained his mayoral seat over challenger Justin Walton. It was the first time in 20 years Weiss has drawn a challenger for his mayoral seat.
Weiss was first elected mayor in 1993 and is the longest-serving mayor in Dickson history. He was first elected to the Dickson City Council in 1987.
Incumbent Betty Lou Alsobrooks also defeated challenger Larry Hillis for the Ward 1 Seat on the Dickson City Council. Alsobrooks was first appointed to the council in 2010 and was initially elected to the seat in 2011.
Incumbent candidate Dwight E. Haynes was also re-elected to his fourth consecutive term representing Ward 4, defeating challenger Butch Bagsby.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Robert N. Harman and incumbent Ward 3 Councilman Horace Perkins ran unopposed and were re-elected to their council seats.

KNOXVILLE
The city of Knoxville will have a new mayor later this year with conservative businessman Eddie Manis and former school board member Indya Kincannon facing off in a general election in November after winning the most votes in a primary election held on Aug. 27.
Mannis spent 34 years operating Prestige Cleaners and is also a member of the Knoxville Metropolitan Airport Authority. He served as a chief operating officer and deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Kincannon served on the Knox County School board from 2004 to 2014, spending three years as its chair. She also served as city director for Rogero.
Current Mayor Madeline Rogero is term-limited and therefore cannot run for re-election to the post.
Additionally, the primary also selected the candidates who will face off in the regular general election for open seats on the Knoxville City Council. The top two primary vote getters for each seat will move on to the general election.
Lynne Fugate and Charles F. Lomax Jr. will move on to the general election for the City Council At-Large Seat A, presently held by George C. Wallace.
David Hayes and Janet Testerman were the top two vote earners for the At-Large Seat B, presently held by Marshall Stair, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor.
Amy Midis and Amelia Parker are the two candidates who will face off for the At-Large Seat C, presently held by Vice Mayor Finbarr Saunders.
Charles Al-Bawi and Charles Thomas will move on to the general election for the City Council District 5, presently held by Mark Campen.
John R. Rosson Jr. also ran unopposed and will continue to serve as municipal judge for the city of Knoxville.

LEXINGTON
The city of Lexington elected four seats on its Board of Mayor and Aldermen in a Sept. 12 municipal election.
Incumbent Jack Johnson defeated challenger Clint Allen for the Alderman Position 1.
Three incumbent candidates also ran unopposed and were elected to their seats: Tim D. Rhodes for Position 2, Sandra A. Wood for Position 3, and Gabe Williams for Position 7.

NASHVILLE
The city of Nashville will also have a new mayor with John Cooper defeating incumbent David Briley in a Sept. 12 run-off election.
Cooper presently serves as an at-large metro councilmember and is a real-estate developer. Cooper’s father, Prentice Cooper, was a governor of Tennessee and his brother, Jim Cooper, is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district, which includes Nashville.
The city also elected several new council members, including its first Muslim council member with the election of Zulfat Suara to an at-large seat. Sulfat will be joined by at-large council members including incumbents Sharon Hurt and Steve Glover and current District 18 council member Burkely Allen.
Incumbent Bob Mendes earned enough votes in the previous general election to retain his at-large seat on the council.
Additionally, only one incumbent council candidate retained his seat on the Nashville City Council with three incumbents who had secured run-off elections being defeated in their bids.
Newcomer Kyonzté Toombs defeated incumbent Decosta Hastings for the District 2 seat. Emily Benedict beat fellow newcomer for the District 7 seat.
Russ Bradford fended off fellow challenger Andrew Dixon for the District 13 seat. Ginny Welsch defeated fellow newcomer Tony Tenpenny for the District 16 seat.
Newcomer Brandon Taylor defeated incumbent Edward T. Kindall for the District 21 seat. Newcomer Thom Druffel defeated incumbent Mina Johnson for the District 23 seat.
Incumbent Jeremy Elrod fended off challenger Courtney Johnson for the District 26 seat, and newcomer Sandra Sepulveda defeated fellow challenger Sherry Jones for the District 30 seat.