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Lunceford stays sheriff in Carter County

John Thompson • Updated Aug 2, 2018 at 11:56 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There were no surprises in the countywide races in Thursday’s Carter County general election, but there were several changes in the contests for the Carter County Commission.

Rusty Barnett overcame a write-in challenge from incumbent Mayor Leon Humphrey in the most watched race in the county. The other hot race was for sheriff, with incumbent Dexter Lunceford winning a second term by a vote of 6,142 votes to 4,804 votes for independent challenger Steve Stevenson. Randal Lewis was elected to another term as trustee, with 80 percent of the vote over challenger Walter France Andrews Jr.

In the Carter County Commission races, a big surprise was the defeat of John Lewis in the 6th District. He finished fourth in a four-candidate field. Cody McQueen was another incumbent who was defeated. In the 8th District, he finished fourth in a four-candidate field.

The members of the new County Commission will be: from the 1st District, Robert Acuff, Mark Blevins and Willie Campbell; from the 2nd District are Nancy Brown, Mike Hill and Patty Woodby; from the 3rd District, Ronnie Trivett, Charles Von Cannon and Brad Johnson; from the 4th District will be Isaiah Grindstaff, Austin Jaynes and Jerry Proffitt; from the 5th District will be Ross Garland, Ginger Holdren and Layla Ward; from the 6th District will be Gary Bailey, Travis Hill and Randall Jenkins; from the 7th District will be Aaron Frazier, Sonja Culler and Ray Lyons; the 8th District will include Robin McKamey, Rick Richardson, and Kelly Collins.

In the Carter County School Board races, incumbent Ladonna Stout-Boone was re-elected to a new term in the 2nd District. The race was one of the closest of the night, as she had 793 votes to 721 for Darrell Turbyfill. Newly appointed Creola Miller was also in a tight race, getting 699 votes to 622 for Josh Hubbard in the 7th District. Incumbent David Buck had 781 votes to challenger Ryan Bitner’s 297 votes in the 3rd District. Incumbent Tony Garland was unchallenged in the 5th District.

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