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Moore voters don’t show up in local election

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

In an Election Day with a small 34 percent voter turnout, Moore County elected a new Assessor of Property, re-elected it’s Road Superintendent and refused to increase local option sales tax by one quarter of one cent last week.

In disputed contests, Wayne Darin Harrison won the Assessor of Property office with 640 (or 41 percent of the vote). He beat Sandy Thomas Lewis by 68 votes. Lewis received 572 votes (or 37 percent) and Sheila Parks Moore received 330 votes (or 21 percent). There was one write in candidate in the race.

Milton R. Ferrell earned re-elect as Moore County’s Road Superintendent – beating Chris Bateman by 176 votes. Ferrell earned 862 votes (or 55 percent) while Bateman garnered 686 votes (or 44 percent). There was one write in ballot cast.

Voters were also asked to raise the local option sales tax from 9.5 percent to the state maximum 9.75 percent in a referendum vote. They declined, rejecting the measure 851 to 431.

Other Local Races

In uncontested races, voters re-elected Coleman March to the First District Metro Council seat and voted new candidate, David Boyce, and elected appointed candidate Linda Wolaver into the Fourth District seats. Wolaver was appointed to Karl Prydom’s Fourth District seat after he stepped down from the position in March.

Richard Riddle, Ronnie Smith and Lorrie McKenzie all retained their seat on the Metro School Board in uncontested races.

State Races

In state races, Bob Corker overwhelmingly won the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. The incumbent Senator earned 734 of the 876 votes cast – an 83 percent margin. Democrats nominated floor installer Mark Clayton from among seven largely unknown candidates vying for the nomination to face Corker in the general election. However, the state Democratic Party disavowed Clayton over the weekend stating that he “is associated with a known hate group.”

The party issued a statement urging Democrats to write in a candidate of their choice in November. This makes Corker’s re-election an all but sure thing come November.

Incumbent Congressman Scott DesJarlais also convincingly won the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Primary by 605 votes. He earned 726 (85 percent) of the votes over Shannon Kelley’s 121 votes (14 percent). He will face Democrat Eric Stewart, a state senator, in the general election.

In Tennessee General Assembly races, Jim Tracy earned the Republican nomination in Moore County with 746 votes (or 85 percent) over Matt Randolph’s 122 votes. Tracy will face no Democratic opposition in the November state election – essentially giving him his third four-year term in office.

Incumbent David Alexander ran unopposed for the 39th District Republican nomination. He will face Democratic nominee Doug Clark _ who also ran unopposed – in November.

Moore voters also voted to allow Judge Jeffery S. Bivins and Judge Roger A. Page to retain their seats on the TN Court of Criminal Appeals.

For a complete list of official vote totals, visit the Secretary of State’s website at