This report was written by staff writers Ian Berry, Angie Herrington and Michael Davis.
Voters chose two new Hamilton County commissioners on Tuesday, ousting incumbent Lou Miller.
With all precincts reporting in the District 6 race, Ms. Miller lost the Democratic primary to John Allen Brooks, former chairman of the Democratic Party. Mr. Brooks received 844 votes to Ms. Miller's 456.
"It indicates the people in my district want their children to have a better education," said Mr. Brooks, 52.
Ms. Miller, 80, was appointed to the commission in 2004 to replace her late husband, Ben Miller, and she was re-elected later in the year.
She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
District 6 includes Red Bank, Missionary Ridge, East Lake and St. Elmo. There is no Republican opposition.
Other winners Tuesday included Republican incumbents Fred Skillern in District 1, Richard Casavant in District 2 and Larry Henry in District 7. Democratic incumbent Greg Beck, Distract 5, and former Chattanooga Fire Chief Jim Coppinger, a Republican, also won.
Commissioners earn $18,940 annually and serve four-year terms. The chairman earns $24,741, and the pro tem earns $21,839.
Election results will not become official until the Hamilton County Election Commission certifies results May 15.
Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern defeated challenger Laura Oakley with 1,414 votes to Mrs. Oakley's 600 votes.
Mr. Skillern, 69, was appointed to the commission in 2001 and elected the next year.
Mr. Skillern will run uncontested in the Aug. 3 general election.
District 1 includes Soddy-Daisy and areas of northern Hamilton County.
With all precincts reporting in the District 2 race, incumbent Richard Casavant defeated challenger Ken Holloway.
Mr. Casavant received 1,678 votes, and Mr. Holloway received 760 votes.
Mr. Holloway, 71, a co-founder of the Mountain Opry, said he does not plan to run for the office again.
Mr. Casavant, 63, will face Dr. Joe Dumas, 45, who is running as an independent, in the Aug. 3 general election.
District 2 includes parts of Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, North Chattanooga and Red Bank.
In District 3, which includes Hixson and Middle Valley, Mr. Coppinger defeated Terry Conley and J. Al Smith. With all precincts reporting, Mr. Coppinger had 1,593 votes compared to 1,193 votes for Mr. Conley and 58 for Mr. Smith.
"The things I look forward to is working together on education, job growth ? quality job growth, and economic development," said Mr. Coppinger, 51.
There is no Democratic opposition. Mr. Coppinger will replace Ms. Vandergriff, a Republican who decided not to seek re-election.
With all precincts reporting in the District 5 race, Democrat incumbent Greg Beck defeated Cynthia Coleman, 1,802 votes to 798.
Efforts to reach Mr. Beck were unsuccessful.
Ms. Coleman said she plans to run for the seat again.
Mr. Beck will face Republican Bernie Miller in the county's Aug. 3 general election.
District 5 includes parts of Dalewood, Summit, Kingsport, the Bonny Oaks area and the Concord area.
In District 7, Republican Larry Henry, the commission's chairman, won a second term by defeating challenger Red Burrows by 1,314 to 614. There is no Democratic opposition for the Brainerd-area seat.
"The people in District 7 have confidence in what I've done," said Mr. Henry, 57.
Mr. Burrows, 64, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Hamilton County Commissioner Bill Hullander won an uncontested District 9 Republican primary Tuesday with 1,091 votes. He will face no opposition in the August general election.
His district stretches along the eastern border of Hamilton County.
Mr. Hullander, 60, was elected to the County Commission in 1998.
"I've tried to work hard for my district and tried to be available when people needed me," he said.
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