Early and absentee votes tallied in Grundy County show a slight edge in the contested Democratic county mayoral primary for challenger Michael Brady.
He took the early and absentee vote at with 493 votes.
Running in second is another challenger, Ralph Rieben, with 419 votes.
Incumbent Lonnie Cleek is following in third with 275 votes.
After that, the Democratic county mayoral primary goes with Wanda Meeks with 172 votes and Emily Partin with 132.
The lone Republican candidate, Aubrey Harper, has 46 votes.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...