DeKalb County voters chose Scott Cantrell as their next Assessor of Property in Thursday's General Election.
Cantrell, the Democratic nominee, defeated Republican challenger Mason Carter 1,506 (62.9%) to 884 (36.9%) winning nine of the sixteen precincts including Belk, Blue Springs, Church of Christ Annex, Courthouse, County Complex, Johnson's Chapel, Keltonburg, Middle School, and Snow Hill. Cantrell also had a majority of the early votes/absentees. Carter carried seven precincts including Alexandria, Cherry Hill, Dowelltown, Edgar Evins State Park, Liberty, Temperance Hall, and Rock Castle.
Cantrell will take office on September 1st, succeeding Timothy (Fud) Banks who has been DeKalb County's Assessor of Property since 1996.
A total of 2,444 people voted in the August 2 elections including 1,525 on election day and 919 during early voting or by absentee.
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Meanwhile, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III held off a strong challenge by Kevin Hale to win re-election to the school board from the fifth district. Evins received 261 votes (55.8%) to 205 (43.9%) for Hale. Evins carried both precincts, County Complex 112 to 88 and Johnson's Chapel 37 to 33. Evins also carried the early votes/absentees 112 to 84.
In other uncontested local races, Doug Stephens received 173 complimentary votes and won the Sixth District seat on the Board of Education.
Five constables were also elected in uncontested races. Wayne Vanderpool earned 232 votes in the Third District. Paul Cantrell clinched the Fourth District constable race with 235 complimentary votes. Mark Milam received 307 complimentary votes in the Fifth District. Carl Lee Webb garnered 189 votes in the Sixth District, while Johnny King earned the Seventh District constable seat with 186 complimentary votes.
In the Tennessee Republican Primary, DeKalb County voters preferred Congresswoman Diane Black over challenger Lou Ann Zelenik in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives 6th District party nomination. Black received 763 votes (67%) to 375 (32.9%) for Zelenik in DeKalb County.
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40th District State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver received 802 complimentary votes in DeKalb County as she ran unopposed for the GOP nomination. Weaver will face Democratic nominee Sarah Marie Smith in the November General Election. Smith defeated challenger Wesley Duane Hodges in the Tennessee Democratic Primary. In DeKalb County, Smith received 399 votes (76%) to Hodges' 125 votes (23.8%).
46th District State Representative Mark Pody received 178 complimentary votes in DeKalb County. Pody ran unopposed in the state GOP primary and he will be unopposed in the November General Election.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Corker easily won the state GOP nomination. In DeKalb County, Corker received 879 votes (81.3%). Other challengers included Fred R. Anderson with 36 votes, Mark Twain Clemens 45 votes, Brenda S. Lenard 19 votes, and Zach Poskevich with 100 votes.
In the State Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate, Mark E. Clayton received 225 votes (34%) in DeKalb County.. Other candidates were Larry Crim with 46 votes, Gary Gene Davis 66, Dave Hancock 112 votes, Park Overall 157, T.K. Owens 20, and Benjamin Roberts 33 votes.
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In the Dowelltown city election, a mayor and two aldermen were elected. Mayor Gerald Bailiff ran unopposed and won with 51 votes. Joe L. Bogle won an alderman seat with 45 votes. There was no other name on the ballot for alderman but Michael Kevin Kent qualified as a write-in candidate and won with eight write-in votes.
In the Liberty city election, three aldermen were elected with Dwight Mathis, Paul M. Neal, and Jason H. Ray all running unopposed. Both Mathis and Neal each received 64 votes and Ray had 57 votes.
In the judicial retention questions, locally voters chose to retain Jeffrey S. Bevins as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Division. The vote was 813 to retain and 600 to replace
Locally, voters also chose to retain Roger A. Page as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division. The vote was 788 to retain and 589 to replace.