published Friday, August 8th, 2014

Grundy County picks new sheriff, mayor

Grundy County voters picked a new sheriff and county mayor, and re-elected the incumbent Road Superintendent over a strong showing by a write-in candidate, according to unofficial results.

The new sheriff is Republican Clint Shrum, who defeated independent candidate Russell Baker. 1,993 votes to 1,744, results show.

The new county mayor is former county commissioner Michael Brady, a Democrat who defeated Republican Aubrey Lee Harper 2,087 votes to 1,621.

Incumbent Democrat Road Superintendent Dewayne "Turkey" Hargis won over a strong write-in showing by Johnny Ray Fults, 1,689 to 1,665.

There were 1,755 write-in votes total, according to Administrator of Elections Donna Basham. Basham said 90 of the write-in votes named different people and even, "Daffy Duck" as the candidate, creating some confusion for voters and candidates.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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