Voting results for the Madison County elections brought a few surprises along with expected victors Thursday nights, as 13,127 county and city residents flocked to the polls to make their voices heard.
Republican candidate AJ Massey won the election for county mayor, with 8414 votes, leading his opponent Fren’Cherry Miller’s 4185.
"During the next four years of leadership in our county, we've got to get strong leadership,” he said, following the announcement. “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."
Massey celebrated his win at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Jackson along with former Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser, who also left with victory after winning the election for county sheriff over Madison County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Marc Byrum.
"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."
Election results: Former Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser elected Madison County Sheriff
The change ends the eight-year reign of county Sheriff John Mehr, with Wiser securing 7591 of the votes, while Byrum received 4394.
Other positions brought some notable changes, with the entirety of the county commission’s District 2 flipping blue with Olivia Abernathy of position one, Adrian Montague of position two and Tony Black of position three.
On the school board, candidate Andre Darnell of District 6 position 2 was elected over Julia Howell, who came under fire for her strong stance against any “mental health services in schools,” and “involuntary face coverings.”
County and city residents also cast their votes in the state primary. Current Governor Bill Lee ran opposed for the Republican nomination, and received 7,443 votes from the county.
JB Smiley narrowly won the democratic nomination in the county over Jason Martin with 1,890 votes over Martin’s 1,354 votes, but was ultimately beat statewide by Martin, who will go on to face Lee in November.
David Kustoff won the vote for the Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives District 8, beating out his three opponents with 6,326 votes.
He will face off against Lynette Williams, who won the democratic primary over her opponent Tim McDonald with 2,549 votes over his 1,137.
Ed Jackson ran unopposed for his seat as representative of Tennessee Senate District 25, and received 7,259 votes.
Chris Todd, of Tennessee House District 73, similarly ran unopposed, and garnered 6,467 votes.
He will face off against democratic candidate Erica Coleman, who ran unopposed on the democratic ticket and won 1,995 votes.
Johnny Shaw ran unopposed and secured the Democratic seat for Tennessee House District 80 representative.
No candidate qualified for Republican Tennessee House District 80 representative.
Former Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris won the Republican State Executive Committeeman District 25 with 6,675 votes over his opponent Steve Yahnke’s 624.
He will face off against Democrat Ernest Brooks II, who ran unopposed and received 3,971 votes.
Republican State Executive Committeewoman District 25 is Shannon Hayes, who ran unopposed.
She will face off against Democratic candidate Patsy Garey Johnson, who received 3,053 votes and ran unopposed.
Other positions include:
Circuit Court Judge Division 1 District 26:
Joseph Howell: 8,600
Circuit Court Judge Division 2 District 26:
Donald Allen: 9,356
Circuit Court Judge Division 3 District 26:
Kyle Atkins: 9,138
Chancellor District 26:
Steven Maroney: 8,861
District Attorney General District 26:
Jody Pickens: 9,171
Public Defender District 26:
Jeremy Epperson: 8,520
General Session Judge Division 1:
Hugh Harvey Jr.: 9,132
General Session Judge Division 2:
Christy Little: 9,328
Circuit Court Clerk:
Gail Mooney: 8,709
Juvenile Court Clerk:
Bart Swift: 8,882
Fred Birmingham: 9,132
Register of Deeds:
Angie Byers: 8,625
Constable District 1 Position 1:
William Byrd: 944
Eddie Norman: 273
Constable District 1 Position 2:
Marty Clements: 1,357
Constable District 2 Position 1:
Larry Spencer: 2,340
Constable District 2 Position 2:
Michelle Revelle: 2,315
Constable District 3 Position 1:
Matthew Shumate: 1,038
Constable District 3 Position 2:
Ricky Martin: 1,431
Constable District 4 Position 1:
Jimmy Jordan: 1,437
Constable District 4 Position 2:
Fred Cunningham: 1,477
Constable District 5 Position 1:
Frankie Lax: 1,945
Constable District 5 Position 2:
Phillip Lacy: 1,973
Jackson City Court Judge:
Blake Anderson: 6,075
Jackson City Court Clerk:
Daryl Hubbard: 5,934
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This article originally appeared on Jackson Sun: Madison County election results for state, county judicial races