Madison County election results come in for county commission, school board

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Voting results for the Madison County elections rolled in quickly Thursday night, as voters turned up by droves to make their voices heard in the final hours of the election.

Around 13,127 ballots were cast by county and city residents for mayor, sheriff, county commission, school board positions and more, making a total voter turnout of 21.11%.

Republican candidate AJ Massey won the election for county mayor, with 8414 votes, leading his opponent Fren’Cherry Miller’s 4185.

“I'm feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, but so, so excited” he said, celebrating after the watch party at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. “Obviously coming out on top was the goal was from the beginning, so it worked out. And tonight was an opportunity to celebrate with all the people that helped make this possible-- but it was also an opportunity to set a tone.

Madison County Sheriff candidate Julian Wiser gives a victory speech during a watch party at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jackson on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Jackson, TN. Up for election this year are candidates in the Madison County general election as well as statewide primary elections.
Madison County Sheriff candidate Julian Wiser gives a victory speech during a watch party at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jackson on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Jackson, TN. Up for election this year are candidates in the Madison County general election as well as statewide primary elections.

"During the next four years of leadership in our county, we've got to get strong leadership. And we know who that is now, and we can start to collaborate and do what I promised during the campaign. And that's build bridges, and not walls."

The people have spoken: AJ Massey elected new Madison County mayor

Madison County Sheriff: Former Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser elected Madison County Sheriff

Former Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser also left with victory Thursday night after winning the election for county sheriff over Madison County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Marc Byrum, ending the eight-year reign of county Sheriff John Mehr.

Wiser secured 7591 of the votes, while Byrum received 4394

Madison County Sheriff-Elect Julian Wiser announces, "there's a new sheriff in town," as he is projected to win during a watch party at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jackson on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Jackson, TN. Up for election this year are candidates in the Madison County general election as well as statewide primary elections.
Madison County Sheriff-Elect Julian Wiser announces, "there's a new sheriff in town," as he is projected to win during a watch party at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jackson on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Jackson, TN. Up for election this year are candidates in the Madison County general election as well as statewide primary elections.

"I'm feeling great," said an excited Wiser, following the announcement. "We've been working on this since last September. It's been a long process, but there's been a lot of support and community, and I appreciate that. I'm excited to get to work."

Votes poured in for positions across the county as well, including the county commission, school board, and more.

Madison County Commission results

District 1

Position 1: Luther T. Mercer (unopposed)

  Position 2:

William Martin: 305

  Julia Ewoldt: 193

District 2

Position 1:

Peg Ramsey: 701

Olivia Abernathy: 1026

Position 2:

Scott Brown: 833

Adrian Montague: 926

Position 3:

Doug Stephenson: 858

Tony Black: 940

District 3:

Position 1: Joey Hale (unopposed)

Position 2: Tony Neilhoff (unopposed)

District 4:

Position 1: Cyndi Bryant (unopposed)

Position 2:

Mike Bryant: 973

Andrea Donaldson: 570

Position 3:

Gary Deaton: 964

E. Byron Elam: 616

District 5:

Position 1:

James Hale: 250

Sheila Godwin: 640

Position 2: Claudell Brown (unopposed)

Position 3: Juanita Jones (unopposed)

District 6:

Position 1: Jimmy Arnold (unopposed)

Position 2:

Arthur Johnson Jr: 698

Shontaviar Beasley: 158

District 7:

Position 1:

Gary Tippett: 452

Terry Spearman: 394

Troylise Bobbit: 79

Position 2:

Larry Sipes: 394

Aaron Billy Ellison: 504

District 8:

Position 1: Carl Alexander (unopposed)

Position 2: Mark Aday (unopposed)

District 9:

Position 1:

Karley Bond: (unopposed)

Position 2:

Kevin Hicks: 1474

Kenneth Transou: 384

Position 3:

Jeff Wall: (unopposed)

District 10:

Position 1:

John Hall: (unopposed)

Position 2: Mike Taylor (unopposed)

Position 3:  Harold Petty (unopposed)

Madison County School Board

District 1:

James Johnson: (unopposed)

District 2:

Kenneth Newman: (unopposed)

District 4:

Position 1:

Harvey Walden: 1583

Doris Black: 1193

Position 2:

Jason Compton: (unopposed)

District 5:

Position 2:

Scott Gatlin: (unopposed)

District 6:

Position 2:

      Julia Howell: 576

  Andre Darnell: 1178

Trustee

Billy Burkhead: (unopposed)

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This article originally appeared on Jackson Sun: Madison County election results: county commission, school board