Howell, Donaghy take local wins
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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DAN HOWELL, elected 22nd District State representative, is interviewed by MIX 104.1 and WCLE owner Steve Hartline after receiving news of his win over J. Adam Lowe for the position.
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A new state representative in the 22nd District, a new 10th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge, new school board members, commissioners and other offices were decided in the August General and State Primary Elections Thursday.

Dan Howell is the new House of Representatives District 22 choice, while Sandra Donaghy (R) took the 10th Judicial Criminal Court seat from incumbent Amy Reedy (D).

According to the Bradley County Elections summary report, 13,611 voters turned out during both early voting and Thursday’s election day.

All tallies are unofficial until confirmed by a completed canvass of the ballots.

In Bradley County only, Howell carried 57.37 percent of the vote to J. Adam Lowe’s 42.56 percent. Howell received 2,719 votes to Lowe’s 2,017 votes. Kevin Brooks received 6,246 complimentary votes. State Sen. Mike Bell got 6,006 complimentary votes in his 9th District unopposed race.

In the 10th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge’s race in Bradley County, Donaghy garnered 65.82 percent of the vote to Reedy’s 34.15 percent. The vote count was 8,379 for Donaghy versus 4,347 votes cast for Reedy. Judges unopposed in their respective races also receiving complimentary votes were Larry Puckett, Mike Sharp, Andrew Freiberg, Daniel Swafford, Sheridan Randolph and Chancellor Jerri Bryant.

District Attorney General Steve Crump received 11,414 complimentary votes and Public Defender Richard Hughes garnered 10,855 votes.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis got 11,354 complimentary votes.

In Bradley County Commission District 1, Terry Caywood got 1,739 complimentary votes while Mike Hughes got 1,453 complimentary votes.

Hughes will replace the retiring Commissioner Ed Elkins.

In District 2, Louie Alford received 1,517 complimentary votes to Thomas Crye’s 1,310 complimentary votes.

Crye will fill the seat being vacated by Commissioner Connie Wilson.

District 3 will see a change in representation as incumbent Democrat Jeff Morelock received the lowest vote count against Republicans Johnny Mull and Milan Blake.

Morelock received 723 votes for 29.41 percent to Mull’s vote count of 852, or 34.66 percent and 878, or 35.72 percent of total votes for Blake.

Commissioner Brian Smith decided not to run for re-election to his District 3 position.

In the District 4 County Commission race, Charlotte Peak-Jones and Howard Thompson received complimentary votes as well.

Thompson will replace Adam Lowe who mounted a race for state representative instead of re-election.

Jack Burke Jr. (D), contender for County Commission District 5, lost the bid to incumbent Jeff Yarber and Bobby Goins, both Republicans.

Goins gained the most votes with 40.31 percent, or 522 votes to Yarber’s 516 votes, or 39.85 percent. Burke received 256 votes for a total of 19.77 percent of the total vote count.

Goins will replace retiring longtime Commissioner Bill Ledford.

Democratic contender E.J. Laughter failed to gain support for a bid for the County Commission District 6 seat.

Laughter received 290 votes for 11.19 percent versus Republican Dan Rawls 1,177, or 45.41 percent, and Robert D. Rominger, the Republican incumbent, who garnered 1,105 votes or 42.63 percent of the total vote.

Rawls will replace Commissioner Mel Griffith who was defeated in the May primaries.

The District 7 County Commission race also had a Democratic contender.

Pam Edgemon was defeated by incumbent Republicans Mark Hall and William E. “Bill” Winters.

Hall received 1,099 votes and Winters earned 1,162 while Edgemon collected 541 votes.

Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith was shown support through complimentary votes totaling 11,243.

County Clerk Donna Simpson, Circuit Court Clerk Gayla Miller, Register of Deeds Dina Swafford, Road Superintendent Sandra Knight, Sheriff-elect Eric Watson also received complimentary votes in their respective races which were either unopposed or decided during the May Primary.

In the Bradley County School Board races, Vicki Beaty got 1,761 complimentary votes in the District 2 race.

It was an impressive victory for newcomer Dianna Ball Calfee over incumbent Troy Weathers in the District 4 Bradley County School Board race.

Calfee took 54.21 percent of the vote to Weathers’ 45.79 percent.

Calfee’s vote total was 1,121 to Weathers’ 947 total votes.

In District 6, incumbent Christy Critchfield garnered 1,191 votes to Tammy Magouirk’s 363 votes.

Constables in all seven districts also received complimentary votes.

In the city elections, Mayor Tom Rowland received 4,588 complimentary votes.

City Council at Large incumbent Richard Banks defeated Jonathan Porter’s bid for the seat.

Porter got 1,659 votes while Banks led with 3,103 votes.

In Cleveland City Council’s District 1 race, incumbent Charlie McKenzie won over Floyd Wade Jr., with 68.47 percent of the vote.

McKenzie received 406 votes to Wade’s 186.

Cleveland City Councilman Bill Estes will retain his seat after defeating Lasala Upton.

Estes handily won the re-election with 80.14 percent of the total vote for 347 cast to Upton’s 19.86 percent of the vote, or 86 votes cast.

Cleveland Board of Education at-large vote counts showed Charlie Cogdill receiving 57.87 percent, or 2,595 votes, to Richard J. Shaw’s 41.97 percent, or 1,882 votes.

In other City School Board District races, Dawn Robinson, Peggy Pesterfield, Tom Cloud, all unopposed, received complimentary votes.

Charleston voters chose Walter Goode and Frankie McCartney during the Charleston City Council elections.

Goode received 50 votes and McCartney collected 48 votes. Goode acts as the Mayor for the city of Charleston. McCartney filled an unexpired term after an appointment then threw his hat into the ring for the seat on the Council to finish the term.

In Bradley County, the Republican State Executive Committeeman District 9 race showed John S. Stanbery with 4,469 votes to Bill Landrum’s 1,757.

Landrum won the district race over Stanbery 10,442 to 9,782.

June Landrum was provided complimentary votes in the Republican State Executive Committeewoman position.

In District 10, Oscar Brock received complimentary votes in the Republican State Executive Committeeman race.

District 10 Committeewoman Republican Emily G. Beaty got 3,715 votes.

Sally Love received 660 votes for the State Executive Committeewoman District 9.

In the highly contested Democratic State Executive Committeeman District 9, Jimmy Wayne Bilbo took 71.08 percent of the vote in Bradley County to Steve Farner’s 19.94 percent. Bilbo scored 499 votes to Farner’s 140 votes. Marshall Moser collected 62 votes.

Another highly contested committeeman race was for the Democratic District 10 position.

Chris Anderson collected 178 votes to Billy Joyner’s 53 votes and Kenneth Loves, 113 votes.

Betty Ann Allgood took the Democratic District 10 State Executive Committeewoman bid.

She received 231 votes to Sylvia Cintron’s 104 votes.

Votes in Bradley County were tallied before 10 p.m. and posted to the website.

Bradley County went with the winner in the 3rd Congressional District U.S. House race.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann scored 1,997 (58.15 percent) against Weston Wamp’s 1,426 (41.53 percent) to be the Republican nominee against Democrat Mary M. Headrick in the November general election.

District wide, Fleischman picked up 45,526 votes against the 32,872 vote total for Wamp.

The county voters’ pick for the 4th Congressional District may still have a chance at the position despite losing the district.

State Sen. Jim Tracy received 4,685 (56.8 percent) of the local vote while incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais received 2,396 (29.05 percent).

DesJarlais is claiming victory as his district numbers were 34,787 — only 35 votes ahead of Tracy.

The Tracy campaign released a statement this morning stating: “There are ballots left to be counted in the Fourth District Republican primary. We eagerly await the final outcome once the counting is completed and verified.”

The eventual winner will face off against Democrat Lenda Sherrell.