Carter County Commission to have new look after Tuesday results

Published 3:46 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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Two Carter County Commission incumbents were unseated during Tuesday’s primary election.

In the District 1 Republican primary, incumbent Mark Blevins finished in fourth place with 582 votes as newcomer Nick Holder led all candidates in the district with 878 votes. Robert Acuff (691) and Willie Campbell (625) will join Holder on the August ticket where they will face off with Independent candidate William Nichols. The top three vote-getters will earn seats on the commission.

In the District 6 Republican primary, incumbent Gary Bailey was unseated. Donnie Cable received the most votes in the district with 821 votes. Todd Smith (647) and Patty Duffield (615) rounded out the top three. Bailey finished with 505 votes to finish fourth. Travis Hill and Randall Jenkins were seeking other public office and were not eligible to seek re-election. The Republicans will face Independent John G. Lewis in the general election.

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In other district races for commission, District 2 incumbents Julie Guinn (710) and Nancy Brown (698) will return for another term and will be joined by certified write-in candidate Avery B. “Pops” Wynn who gained the vacant seat left by Mike Miller who didn’t seek re-election. There are no general election opponents.

District 3 incumbent Brad Johnson finished third with 583 votes behind Steve Burrough who took 644 of the 1,869 votes cast. TLC Center Director Angie Odum finished in second with 621 votes followed by Johnson.

The three Republican candidates will face off against incumbent Charles Von Cannon and David Cannon in the August general election. Mark Tester didn’t seek re-election.

Danny Deal led District 4 in votes with 797 and will be joined by incumbent Jerry Proffitt (743) and Gary Kemp (642). Candidate Michael Roberts finished fourth with a total of 546 votes. There are no challengers in the August general election. The newcomers will fill seats left empty by Isaiah Grindstaff and Austin Jaynes who elected not to run for re-election.

District 5 only had two candidates on the primary ticket. Current Chairwoman Ginger Holdren received 383 votes and Lisa Childress was close behind with 340.

Incumbent Layla Ward was a certified write-in and will return to the commission for another term representing the district. There are no candidates for the August general election. Childress replaces Ross Garland who decided to not run for re-election.

Daniel McInturff garnered 663 votes to lead three Republican candidates in the District 7 race as the incumbent will be joined by incumbent Aaron Frazier (612) and newcomer Jason Rasnick (612).

Rasnick claimed the seat left vacant by Sonja Culler who did not seek re-election.

In District 8, incumbent Thomas Proffitt led the two-man primary race by taking 474 votes. Cody McQueen (413) will take the seat of incumbent Robin McKamey who decided to not seek another term.

Incumbent Kelly Collins is the only candidate on the August ticket for District 8 and will join Proffitt and McQueen to represent the district.